Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Being Transformed

One of our family verses is Roman’s 12:1-2

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

When I read Laura’s {10 Million Miles} goals for homeschooling their children, her words reflect our hearts so perfectly, that I wanted to share them with you here as well.   I met Laura only for a few minutes at the Relevant Conference this past weekend and she is absolutely lovely! 

Perhaps when naming our homeschool, we’ll settle on metamorpho, the Greek word for “be transformed” that Paul used when he penned,

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

Somehow metamorpho bundles together the vast bouquet of who’s, what’s, where’s, when’s, how’s and why’s that Ryan and I desire to teach our children. In short, our home-school objectives are: Love God and Be Like Him! If we can teach our children to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord, to heed His Word, to love Him and so become like Him, we will – (wow) - we will thank the Lord with humble hearts.

Here’s our simple plan to keep us single-hearted as we go.

We teach:

1. The glorious deeds of the Lord (what God has done in our lives)

2. The might of God (the nature of God)

3. The wonders God has done (what God has done in history)

4. The testimony and law of God (how God wants us to live)

So that they (our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on throughout time):

1. Should set their hope in God

2. Not forget the works of God (which is the basis of their trust in Him)

3. Keep His commandments (the life they will live because of their trust in God)

(Thank you, Noel Piper, for explaining these timeless Psalm 78 directives in Treasuring God in Our Traditions. You’ve helped to clarify our hearts’ desire!)

Aren’t their family goals simply beautiful and a true picture of a surrendered life for our KING?   Scott and I feel the same way.  Our hope every day is to teach our children the deepest meaning of His love and how to allow it to transform them, propel them and mold them to be just like Jesus!

Our hope and goal is that they will walk worthy of His calling.

Our hope and goal is that no matter what career path they choose later in life – that their aim is all for the glory of God.

It doesn’t matter if they are the smartest child, if they are not wise.

It doesn’t matter if they are the best athlete, if they rely on their own strength and get prideful in all they can achieve.

It doesn’t matter if they are the greatest “------“ if their hearts are not set on His plan for their lives.  

Without God lighting their path and setting their hearts aflame – everything they do, achieve and become – will have no effect for eternity.  And sadly, that is a life wasted.

If what I’m about to say or do will not have an impact on your walk for eternity then I should keep silent.  Wise is the person who is quick to listen and slow to speak.  Wise is the person who chooses to lift up and not tear down.  Wise is the person who shows compassion and grace towards others.  Wise is the person who seeks to understand and never judge.  Wise is the person who is still before God – listening for His plans and not telling God their own.  Wise is the person who waits on the Lord and is patient while trusting God to complete the good work He has begun.  Wise is the person who humbles himself before the Lord.  Wise is the person who lives to love…allowing love to cover a multitude of sins. 

Our goal is to raise wise adults. 

Learning daily to live in the shadow of His wings – letting His wisdom dwell deep in our hearts and overtaking our thoughts!  Where His love is poured in and out…over and over again!  

Thank You Lord for your grace.  Thank You for the wisdom You give us to parent our children and teach them how to be wise in a world needing sharp arrows to blaze a trail of truth.  Help us to keep our focus on You – who You are, what You have done, and what You are doing in our lives daily.  Help us to praise You and worship You more.  You are more than enough for me.   I am humbled by Your love and care for us.   Thank You in Jesus’ most blessed name.  AMEN!

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2 comments:

  1. Thank you for an excellent post reminding me of the beauty and charge of homeschooling. I was blessed.

    Have a wonderful Friday.

    Rachel

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  2. That was so good to read this morning, thank you! I keep asking the boys "Are you being wise or foolish?" Unfortunately, they have to keep answering with the negative. But your paragraph about how I am to be responding was convicting. It is easy to focus on the boys and forget to take a personal look and ask myself those same questions. Good pondering for today. Thank you!

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