A Window into Life in the Suburbs

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Reversing the Homework Blues: Long vs Short

I speak to myself... thanks for looking in...

Some days you have to ask yourself if it is worth it. Afterall, it's just school... it's not the end of the world and I'm not trying to raise a nuclear physicist.
But as a parent (clueless as I  might be at times) I feel an instinctive obligation to give my children the best start to life according to the resources I have available to me. I am, afterall, laying a foundation for a future that will be built upon, God willing, for many years to come.
So I am determined to do my best for them even if at times they can't see that far ahead and even if their minds are geared only for the moment. To fight for them even when they are helpless or oblivious to the realities of the world out there.
I suppose one difference between an adult and a child is that the former is better equipped (with all the experiences of life under their belt) to see ahead.
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6, ESV)
So we are admonished to train our children... not just academically but in all aspects of life. Not only are we to be intentional, but proactive... taking the lead and guiding them until they are no longer children. There will come a time when they take the driver's seat and hopefully all the investment made over the years will see them through the bends, the crossroads, the sharp turns, the bumpy, windy roads, the pitch black, lonely lanes.

The short term view does what is easy. The long term view is to do what is right.

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