By Ronald E. Johnson, C.Ph.D.
That sort of question makes the head snap around and your mind tumble with convoluted emotions. Most of us seldom think of the world stopping. We prefer to dream of on-going success, pleasure, or plans for tomorrow. But, reality braces our minds with grim speculations of social chaos as masses of un-prepared people stumble around in a daze of unbelief that God would let such a thing happen.
Odd, isn’t it, how humans tinker with God’s sovereignty by presuming to require God to arrange tomorrow’s issues for humanity’s personal comfort? Well, someday, the world surely will stop for us and our children – if not via death, then in culmination of the age.
Come to think of it, isn’t that one of the basic reasons families home-educate – to prepare their children for tomorrow? Parents sacrifice personal dreams and comforts in order to scrape together one dollar bills to buy curriculum. Moms collect discount coupons to shave off the cost of textbooks, science kits, and butterfly collections so their children can sharpen their minds, making them equal to the tasks of someday adulthood. Weeks turn into months, and then become a blur of yesteryears as children complete projects and devour books about the Founding Fathers, war heroes, scientific discoveries, and great pieces of literature and art.
Along the way, parents assume that their children are being equipped for the sudden inevitable non-rotation of planet earth. That, perhaps, is an ill-presumed hope and speculation.
The startling question must be posed: “Are my children really being equipped to face the sudden stoppage of life?” After all, what does it profit a mom and dad to home school, if their children are basically learning “stuff” related only to earthly existence? Might as well save your money, and quit depriving yourself of a new hat, fancy coat, or much needed vacation.
Tonight, before you pillow your head, perhaps the prudent and right thing to do is look your children in their eyes and ask, “What do you think would happen to you if the world stopped tomorrow?”
I trust you are prepared to guide your children through a conversation with Scripture that will assure them that the entire family will be together on the other side of tomorrow. If you need help with that project, feel free to correspond with me on Facebook, Learn@pacworks.com or 325-649-0976. I would love to learn how your family responds to the question: “If the world stopped tomorrow, how would your children respond?”
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