In Tune with God
With the state of the world today, I can’t but fear what my children will live in when I am gone. Then, somehow, a calm comes over me as if my worry never existed. I know that calm comes from the Holy Spirit. Knowing that God will take care of my girls even when I am gone makes my fear vanish without another thought. You see, we teach our girls to put God first in all they do. But how can that happen when most of their day is spent outside of our home?
Early on, my husband and I decided that Christian education was what our girls needed in their lives. We want the foundation that is taught at home to continue to grow in their lives during the hours they are away from home. How better to do this than by sending them to a school were these values are not only taught, but practiced. God is love, respect, dignity, honor, and all good comes from Him. These are the values we want our girls to have in their lives: sharing God along the way and showing people the love that only comes from Him.
When my youngest daughter, Alexandra, was about six years old she told us that she wanted to read the Bible more often. She wanted to be able to share more of what she was learning at school. One day, I heard a knock at the door. The lady responsible for fixing our roof had come by to pick up her payment. My husband had the check and since he hadn’t arrived yet, I invited her to take a seat. I apologized and told her that I was in the middle of fixing dinner and excused myself.
My little girl came out of her room with her Bible in her hand and asked the lady, “Do you mind if I read to you from my Bible?” The lady replied that she would enjoy it. Alexandra started reading the story of Noah and the Ark from the book of Genesis. After some time my husband arrived and Alexandra stopped reading, but stayed in the living room. Before the lady left she turned around and told our girl she was very grateful to her for reading such a beautiful story. She had never heard it before and it was nice to learn something new.
In less than an hour our girl had witnessed to someone who had never read the story of Noah. God was there that afternoon and I couldn't have been more humbled. Alexandra had taken what had been taught at home and school and used it for God’s glory. I’m reminded of Luke 6:40, “The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” But to teach and not practice what we teach is futile to the purpose bringing up our precious gifts, our children.
Our children look at us to make sure we are good examples. Surrounding myself with parents who help me come closer to God is also a wonderful part of Christian education. To know that there are other people making the same sacrifice as you allows you to feel stronger in your faith and to know that Christian education is completely worth it.
We have our girls in Christian schools because we believe that their spiritual growth depends on keeping them in communion with Christ during the day. We want them to learn in such a way that when they witness to others about the love of God, it comes naturally. We want them to be so in tune with God that when people see them, they see Jesus.
Adyanez and Francisco Pollock live in Burleson, Texas, with their youngest daughter, Alexandra. Their oldest daughter, Leilani, is a freshman at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6