“When a baby is picked up, spoken to, and loved, he is starting his education as God planned it. For all our lives we are human beings, in an active state of learning, responding, understanding. Education extends to all of life. In fact, an educational system that says, one bright summer’s day in the dawn of my youth, “There. Now you are educated. This piece of paper says so,” is doing me a gross disfavor. The truly educated person has only had many doors of interest opened. He knows that life will not be long enough to follow everything through fully.”
~from For The Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School, by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay (emphasis mine)
I am working up a new version of my testimony, to be available for sharing at church. No, the details haven’t changed, but the older I get, the more certain themes present themselves in my journey with God.
Having already thought some about what I would write, I was elated to come across the above quote in the new book I am reading. These words of Susan’s helped me to bring many of my thoughts into focus.
Just as in human life one is never done learning, so in my spiritual life, I should be constantly developing. There were many years I spent thinking I was ‘okay’ because I prayed a prayer as a child. A year in Bible school helped me see the error in that. My accomplishments there, though, started me in somewhat of a legalistic direction. I am a lover of knowledge; it just tickles me pink to know stuff, no matter its purpose (if there is one). Knowing the Bible better didn’t cause the growth I needed any more than sitting around comfortably ‘prayed and saved’. Both of these erroneous turns were like a person thinking they’ve ‘made it’ on graduation day.
It took marriage and parenthood to teach me what I desperately needed to know: I am a wretched sinner, but God is a wonderful Savior. Only through faith in Him, and a life yielded completely to Him, will I ever get anywhere. This truth outshines all else, and is what keeps me on the right path of learning, growing, improving.