Tuesday, September 1, 2009

What is in a Theme? A lot.

OK, so I want to have a theme for our school year. We have a "theme" for our school, "Train a child in the way he should go and he when he is old he will not turn away from it." Pro. 22:6, but now I want to have one for our year.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline." Pro. 1:7 NIV

"Start with God-the first step to learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning." Pro. 1:7 The Message

So we must start our year and days bowing down before God.

"Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning."
.....how the founders of Harvard University stated the purpose of school.
.....BTW Harvard was created by the Puritans in 1636 to help young men prepare for the ministry.

So we should make Christ the foundation of our education, WOW.

The Puritan Work Ethic...an important part of our heritage.
"1. man is called to work
2. all work has a sense of nobility
3. a Christian serves God best by working diligently and faithfully in his calling"

This is what I want to instill in my children this year, if they learn nothing else I want them to learn that...their calling is school and the best way to serve God is to "work diligently and faithfully". Put Christ first in all that we do, but to lay Him on the bottom as the foundation of our education is wonderful. How better to teach children that Christ is the "firm foundation" then to help them see that their true calling by God it best built upon that foundation.

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