Monday, November 30, 2009

The Most Important Thing

If I teach my children to speak Spanish, French, Latin, Greek, and Japanese, but do not teach them to love God, I have nothing.

If they know how to tell time and have their times tables memorized, but do not know the God of time and all eternity, it profits me nothing.

If I teach them all about psychology, sociology, anthropology, and philosophy, but they do not love the LORD their God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength, I have gained nothing.

If they are well versed in William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Edgar Alan Poe, but do not delight in the Law of the LORD, their learning has come to nothing.

If they know about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln, but do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior and LORD, their knowledge is meaningless.

If they are champions at spelling bees, get perfect scores on their SATs, and get accepted into the best universities, but reject their Creator, I have accomplished nothing.

If they are successful beyond my wildest dreams, if they have huge paychecks, giant houses, and lavish lifestyles; If they gain the whole world, and yet lose their souls, I am an utter failure.

So now I see that reading, writing, and arithmetic are important, literature, languages, and history are all valuable, science and social studies have their place,

But if I my children do not become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, I have merely educated them.

I must do more than educate them...I must disciple them.

I must teach them to love the LORD.

"Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law?"

And He said to him, "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'

This is the great and foremost commandment.

The second is like it,

'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'

On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets."

Matthew 22:36-40 NASB

5 comments:

Kevin Miller said...

Excellent, wonderful words Tiana...thank you. Great way to reset my mind towards my kids. I'll let folks know about this post.

Annie said...

Beautiful!

TerissaMichele said...

Just incredible words of wisdom & insight. Thank you, thank you for the boost of encouragement in my parenting, home-schooling day!

Lisa said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! At times, I get caught up in educating my children and not discipling them. I just found your blog last week and I have SO enjoyed your words or wisdom and encouragement.

Amber said...

Lovely. Thanks for the reminder. I am sometimes amazed at how easy it is for me to lose sight of my priorities even though I feel like I know them so well.

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