Good reminders

Among the many wonderful people we’ve met out here are our friends Adam and Missy Andrews. From them, I’ve learned beautiful truths about the meaning of grace — about what Jesus’ death on the cross truly accomplished — and I’m still a little shocked by it. I love that.

Here’s a good article from Adam, published in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, called “Hercules Overwhelmed: Dealing with Homeschool Burnout:”

http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/2014annual/?pg=41&pm=2&u1=friend

It’s also worth checking out the work Adam and Missy have done through their Center for Teaching Literature. At first I wondered if teaching and tackling literature is just one of those academic exercises that only super smart people truly love — a bit of brain candy for a particular kind of person. But when I asked Missy about that it only took her a few minutes to really inspire me with the value and beauty of diving into a conversation people have been contributing to for hundreds and even thousands of years in an attempt to understand a little more about God, the universe, and ourselves.

And it makes me think of a quote from the Classical Conversations program: “Information is funny: if you don’t know something, you’ll never need it because you are ignorant of it. However, if you know something and cultivate it with a biblical worldview, you’ll be astounded how often God uses it to glorify himself.”

Which makes me think about the whole idea of God “glorifying himself,” and how easy it is to misunderstand the generous beauty of him doing that. For me to glorify myself would be selfish, but for him, it’s an act of incredible grace and goodness to the least of us. Too big to get my head around right now, but I recommend a couple of books on that subject for anyone who’s looking for a book to read: “Delighting in the Trinity” by Michael Reeves, and “When People are Big and God is Small” by Ed Welch.

And now I should go marinate the beef.

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  1. My favorite part of the day is when it is time for my children to pick up their literature books and read their stories to me. Some are young so the stories are very simple, while others are older and the stories have wonderful truths to impart. Lastly, seeing the kids fall in love with reading is pure joy.

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