By Janene Dubbeld
Traveling far from home, I listened to a mother’s heart. “We’re just not sure what to do about school. Next year is middle school, and Christian education is so expensive.”
My head nodded, and my heart went out to her. I had just heard a similar story only the week before!
My husband had taken a phone call about something completely different, yet, during the course of the conversation the request was given, “Please pray for our Christian School. We aren’t sure we are going to be able to keep it open…”
Our family traveling continued, and so have the stories. All through our country parents are wrestling with the Christian education question. How important is it? Does Christian education really make a difference? How can we handle the cost?
Each Christ-centered family grapples with these questions, and the answers don’t come easily! As parents, it is our responsibility to weigh out these questions before God and know His will for our families. We must not close our eyes to the long term effects our decisions have upon the minds we have been entrusted with.
Personally I must ask myself: While I want my children to have a Christian worldview – do my decisions reflect one?
- Is the cost I am considering of temporal or eternal value?
- Is the short term sacrifice worth the long term result?
- How do I determine the quality of my child’s education?
- By what is being taught in their curriculum?
- By developmental programs offered which enhance the here and now but do not address eternity?
- By social interaction in situations which could result in temptations above their maturity level to handle?
These are our children, the most precious gifts God has given us. We have questions, and He is the answer! Ask Him what He desires for YOUR family. Step out in faith and obedience. It is then He has opportunity to move on your behalf, and you will see that God CAN make a way where there seems to be no way.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5&6 NIV
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