Sunday, August 30, 2009

gifted.


My kids started school fairly early this year... the boy became a high school freshman at the beginning of August, and the girls began 5th grade a week later.

Tomorrow is another day of beginnings. The day my son starts college.


yes. you read that right. college. already.

Due to the discovery of an amazing local charter school, my son will be attending both high school and college simultaneously for the next 4 years. For free. Tuition, books, tutoring, guidance, transportation to and from the community college... all covered.


In June of 2013, God willing and the creek don't rise, my son will graduate with both his high school diploma and an Associate's degree.

thank you, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

At this point, he's not really doing this because he is particularly motivated, he's mostly excited about the shortcut of two less years of school. I'm glad he's taking the opportunity, that he's already working hard, and that he'll be able to reap the benefits of this amazing gift as he grows older and comes to understand how valuable this gift of time, money, and education is.

It makes me think of the early days of my faith. I'm not 100% sure of my motivation for wanting to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 9 years old. I think part of me wanted to be darn tootin' sure I wasn't going to end up in hell, and when I saw that Jesus was willing to offer me an opportunity to go to heaven for free, I wanted IN.

And though I probably still don't even know a the half of it, I'm beginning to see that though my motivation for aligning myself with Christ was simple and based on my limited understanding, there is so, so, so much more than I ever could have imagined. As I grow, I'm realizing that simply not going to hell is just the beginning... there is amazing value in the true peace, the confidence, the guidance, the relationship. More than I can express or explain.

Sometimes people will come to me with concern that children can't really understand the commitment they're making when they ask Jesus into their hearts. They don't want to lead them in a 'sinners prayer' because they aren't mature enough. Though I can see why we'd want to be careful not to let children think that repeating a few words is their free ticket through the pearly gates, I am far more hesitant to discourage anyone from beginning a relationship with Him. I suppose I think, as long as they have a basic understanding of Jesus Christ, and Him crucified... as long as they realize the God loves them, and that He was willing to die to save them from eternal separation from Him... then who are we to say they are too young to 'get it'? Which of us is confident enough, arrogant enough to say we completely 'get it'? Isn't it better to just allow the children to accept the gift and then learn along the way?

I find it fantastic that we don't have to completely understand how a gift works before we accept it. If that were the condition, I would have to give back the laptop computer my husband bought for me a few years ago, and the new cell phone I got for our anniversary. I have a basic understanding about how to use them, but how they actually work is so far beyond what I know. I get the opportunity to learn as I go... just like I do with the gifts I get from my Heavenly Father~

Praising God for the gifts of salvation, peace, and hope....

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above
James 1:17 a

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13 comments:

Vindiciti said...

Oh, wow! That is awesome! What a blessing, not only the college, but your son's willingness to work extra hard.

Shanda said...

Awesome analogies! And,WOW!what an opportunity for your son!

Carpool Queen said...

There are days when I think my kids, who have made professions of faith, just don't "get it". But then I remember that I, too, didn't get it until much later, and that next step was the beginning of a much deeper, richer understanding of the God that loved me and whom I loved.

Melissa Stover said...

great post!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

When CJ was 4, she told us she wanted Jesus in her heart. She wouldn't be put off. We prayed with her, because we didn't want to turn her off to a relationship with Jesus. I talked to a wise older woman from my church, who told me that CJ was old enough to know the difference between right & wrong, even if she didn't "get" everything else...and she knew she loved Jesus who we'd been talking about since she was born.

She came to us again at age 8, and we talked about salvation all over again. She prayed again that night. Still, I'm glad we didn't refuse her when she was younger. We just had to trust the Holy Spirit to draw her to Him & to make sure her decision was genuine.

Jenster said...

That school is so awesome. I wish we had something like that out here. Taylor is taking a couple of college courses this year, but to graduate high school with an AA is AAwesome!

And I agree. Your analogies rock. Wish I could analogigize (like that?) like you!

Kellie said...

HisGirlAmber,

I love how you can find a way to point people to God in every situation, and then explain it so eloquently!

And I LOVE the picture...

Shanda said...

I left you a couple of awards over at my blog! Thank you for being you and allowing God to flow through all that you do!

Becky said...

What a great concept...get all that school work out of the way as quickly as possible!

Great post!

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

This is so wonderful, Amber! I might have to move into your neighborhood just to make that a reality for my kids. And so fabulous for the bank account also!

whimzie said...

I needed to read this. It answered some questions I've been asking myself. Thank you so very much!

Sing4joy said...

As usual, point well made. You rock!

care-in said...

Catching up here! I love this post. I've been wrestling with these thoughts as Elliya is getting older, asking questions, etc. She has a simple faith and when I really sit down and think about it...that's enough. She hasn't "officially" accepted Christ but she knows His gift and believes. That's all we have to do...believe.