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- October 1, 2015
- Posted by: LSEM
- Category: Devotions
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
As an educator, I have listened to many students and parents give me their best arguments about the value (or lack thereof) of homework. I’m sure just mentioning this is probably causing certain thoughts to bubble up in your mind about the “pointless” aspects of your life. But while you may think diagramming sentences, calculating trigonometry, or writing sonnets are a small part of a longer list of seemingly pointless activities that schools require of students, the fact remains that there must be a reason why we must do these things.
The academic value of homework is not my intended focus, so allow me to transition to the point. Effective teachers have a rhyme and reason for the activities they ask of their students – even calculus. They understand that not every activity is going to be enjoyable or desirable. In fact, some projects will simply stink. However, we go through such experiences to help prepare us for bigger things that will have a greater value in our lives. Basketball players might hate passing, dribbling, and defensive drills, but winning teams are made of players who know how to pass, dribble and defend. Music students might despise scales and theory, but to be a successful musician, you must learn those basic, fundamental elements. Good students do the work that has been given to them because it is designed to make them successful today and for the rest of their lives.
This same premise applies to our faith lives. As Christians, God is always working to improve us, to grow us, and to ultimately prepare us for what is to come. We learn addition so we can subtract; multiplication so we can divide. Likewise, we learn how to pray so we can communicate with God. We experience times of hardship so we can learn lessons to take with us to the next set of circumstances – positive or negative – a lesson I’ve learned time and time again over the years.
God’s refining work is ongoing. In our world, it is akin to children doing their homework. There is nothing easy about it. Every day brings new challenges, new lessons to learn, old lessons to relearn, and opportunities to share love in the same way that God gives it to us. So put in the work. Endure the struggles. Keep your eyes ever fixed on the promises of God, your ears open to His voice, and your heart filled with the Holy Spirit to see you through. Remember – the reward is great, even if you can’t see it from here.
Devotion by Richard Schumacher
LSEM Director of Programs & Services