Filling the Treasure Chest
What I think on will feed my heart. If there is a vacuum of good material in my mind, I will feed on something less helpful—the fears of my heart, the sins that beset me, the lies that look true. No, the enemy will make sure that I have plenty to fill my mind.
In some ways, my personal education program is really an effort to do battle with the enemy that seeks to distract me from doing good by giving me lesser things to think about.
As I have been thinking over these posts this month and trying to articulate my thoughts, it has become clear that I must make time to learn and grow my own spirit. Doing so will fill my heart as a treasure chest.
When that treasure chest is full of good things, I can give out good things.
I get to homeschool my kids. The education I seek to provide for them is one that integrates both mind, heart and soul so that they might live out their days as disciples of Christ.
I cannot give them the education I hope for without first seeking it myself. It begins with me.
One of the homeschool community’s heroes is Charlotte Mason. She writes:
Read, not only in the Book, which one cannot read without many life-giving thoughts, but almost any good book, poetry, biography, history, essays, good novels, — all will supply our need. You will find that if we read thoughtfully and steadily and only that which is worth reading, daily nourishment of stimulating thought will come to us; and, however foreign the subject may be, what we read, if it is worth reading, will help us to do our work better and will give us fresh thoughts to impart to the children.
I fear I am exceeding the space allowed to me so will offer just one other little word of counsel — study. I know that all good teachers have some study each day in preparing for the next day’s work, but, besides this, study some two or three subjects, definitely on your own account. Do not think this a selfish thing to do, because the advantage does not end with yourself. Every hour of definite study enriches your mind and increases your power, so that, the more you study in your spare time, the more there is in you to bestow upon your pupils. (emphasis mine)
Dear friend, take time to learn. The more we do so, the more we can give to those we are called to disciple.
And that’s the ultimate goal.