Food for Thought


On this crisp fall afternoon
I thought I’d pass along something I’ve been mulling over.
Perhaps it might speak to you too?


Edie over at LifeInGrace recently penned this honest post.
It has messed with me.  At least I pray that it has.
And while Edie’s words are written within the context of God’s calling on her life to home educate her children,
there are parts of this post that apply to any of us who are in positions of influence.
And if we believe the gospel to be true, then aren’t we all in positions of influence?

So, even if you are not a homeschooler; even if you are not a parent;
might you slowly savor the following words?

We must come to the table hungry.
And our children learn by our example.
They know when we’re trying to force feed them from food we don’t eat ourselves.   ~Edie Wadsworth

I recently listened to a sermon on Matthew 23.
In this text, Jesus is addressing the crowds and his disciples.
Prior to offering the following warning, He silences the Pharisees
who have been trying again and again to snare Him in a game of words.
When the Pharisees do not dare ask Jesus anymore questions, He then turns to the crowds and says:

The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat,
so practice and observe what they tell you–but not what they do.
For they preach, but do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.        ~Matthew 23

Now, I know that God speaks to us through His people and through His Word.
And so, in light of Edie’s thoughts and Jesus’ caution to the crowd both blindsiding me this week, I begin to wonder…
How often am I placing burdens upon my children that I am not willing to carry?
How often do I expect them to feast upon food–whether in discipline or education–
that I am not willing to palate myself?

If I want my children to follow Jesus, then I must passionately draw near to him every day; every moment.
If I want my children to love learning, then I must roll up my sleeves and dig in right along with them.
If I want my children to be diligent, joyful, obedient, grateful…
then I must live out those things.
Children can spot a phony.  So can lost people.

This arduous road of becoming who we ought to be has taught us
that life is beautiful and life-giving and full of wonder—but it is not easy
and it was never meant to be.             ~Edie Wadsworth

More than anything, I must choose to live the gospel:
in my parenting, in my marriage, in my teaching, in my working and my playing,
in my going out and in my mealtimes, and, yes, even in my resting.
I must live authentically, practicing what I preach,
swallowing hard the sustenance of repentance and allowing it to bring restoration.

This is how I will win my children’s hearts,
And the hearts of a broken world.


(Note:  If you are a homeschooler, may I quietly urge you to read Edie’s post in it’s entirety?  You may find it here.)


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