Is there anything better than watching a child’s face light up when she suddenly understands a new concept?
My daughter Eden recently learned to snap, and her excitement over this new found ability causes her to share with every person we meet! Even as an adult, it feels great to master something new. My mom, Eden’s grandmother, will complete her EdD soon, and the process of research and study has brought her deep joy. We never outgrow our God-given design, which includes the joy of learning.
I spend my days at the corner of faith and education, both as the leader of education initiatives for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and as mom to two little ones (a kindergartener and a toddler). In both environments, words can be leveraged to allow children to thrive.
As God created the world with words, we being in His image also can create thoughts, feelings, and emotional environments with words. For church leaders and educators, we can employ words to create an environment conducive to learning and thriving and growing spiritually. As parents we can speak words over our children which help them discover God’s love and gifts throughout every day.
In Second Timothy, Paul encouraged the younger man to “study to show thyself approved unto God . . . rightly dividing the word of truth.”
We can follow this admonition today by applying our minds to whatever field of study we find ourselves called to and thus in pursuit. Our earthly assignments are connected to an eternal purpose, which gives education even greater value. As we develop our minds and hearts, we are not only empowered to succeed at a career but we are equipped to do so with wisdom to rightly divide the word of truth.
Churches across our country are preaching the Word on a daily basis and urging church members to read and apply God’s Word to life. When God’s word is applied to our view of education and educational issues, we often come to a realization that education equality, for example access to quality education, is an issue that needs the Body of Christ’s attention.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Dr. Andrea Ramirez is Executive Director of the Faith and Education Coalition – NHCLC.