Continue to Learn
Our youngest son is learning to read. It is a slow process, but we see improvements every week. Usually his grade reports show that he is passing all of his tests and assignments, but he recently failed a "sight words" test. He told me that he and his friend think "school is boring." My response: When you know everything being taught, then you can tell me it's boring. Until then, do your work! Right now, school is not optional.
There are other things that are not optional for our kids in our home, such as their specific jobs around the house, getting ready for school, and going to Church. We make exceptions when people are sick, but we have set a precedence. We are showing our kids what is important to us. When our kids tell us church is boring (which they have, and they will), I will give them the same answer as I did the kindergartner about school. "When you know everything..."
We do not know it all, even if we were once know-it-alls (yes, I am looking at my 15-year -old self). There is always more to learn, even for the experts in a field. When it comes to the Bible, some people may have it all memorized, but they probably do not understand it all. The more one reads, and studies, the more that he or she will understand. Memorizing Scripture is a good thing all around. Reading through the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, more can be revealed. But, if you don't ever hear or read the Word yourself, what are you learning? If you don't ever apply what you have learned, then why are you doing it? And, as a former teacher, one never knows when they will need what they have learned. Sometimes, yes, something learned will never be used by everyone, but who knows?
My children are allowed to make choices in their lives, but not in everything. When they are older, they will get to make more choices, just like the rest of us. I do not control every aspect of their lives, but as their parent, I am to teach them and discipline them as necessary. One thing we are constantly teaching them is to love God and to love others as themselves. We will continue teaching and living by this standard.
Love God, Love Others. Simple...
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him.36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.38 This is the great and first commandment.39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:34-40 ESV
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV