Faith Journal (October 2016)
Being challenged is something that most of us would like to avoid as far as possible. To some, however, challenging situations are exciting and they thrive on them. This year, our challenge has been to get our two boys ready for their national examinations.
How do we help our children focus on putting in their best efforts when everyone around them seems to equate academic success with being superior to others? How do we encourage our children to do their very best? How can we walk alongside them in their educational journey with God’s perspective so that they experience His faithfulness in their lives? In every aspect of their learning and preparation, we pray with them, guiding them to look to God in faith and trusting His leading to finish well in their educational journey. Time given to studies and family must not be at the expense of personal devotional time with God, church life and Bible study.
While schools help our children in their preparation, pressures and expectations can easily escalate. Bible study and our deliberate effort to place God in the centre of our children’s lives help us to deal with these pressures and expectations. We were surprised and glad that our younger boy was willing to delete all his favourite games that he had downloaded to our handphones. It gave us much comfort, as we witnessed God working in his life.
Every child is different, and each grows in their maturity in the Lord at different rates. We give praise and thanksgiving to God that our older boy has a passion for Him. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt 6:33). Balancing his time between studying and serving God is what we consider a faith challenge. Even when doubts arise and we think to ourselves ‘what if’, as Christian parents we can comfortably claim God’s promises with His wisdom and peace. Thus far He has proven to be all faithful and trustworthy in our faith journey.
We embrace this biblical view of education: 1“Education is not something to pursue merely with the goal of getting good grades, going to college, or being able to earn a bigger paycheck. Rather, education is ultimately about acquiring knowledge about God and His world with the goal of making people wise for salvation and equipping them for good works so that God would be glorified in their lives.” This has been our prayer to the Lord as He entrusted us with two lovely boys.
God has planned for each person to do something that is very special in God’s sight. Eph 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
May the Lord deepen our faith for His glory and magnify His name!
1 Your Word is Truth (Scope & Sequence) by Jill Nelson.