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
James 1:17 a