My husband of 25.5 years and myself will leave our home on January 4, 2013 with a van stuffed full of college paraphernalia and our firstborn child…. to just drop her off in Oklahoma and run for the border. It’s a first for our family. Children leaving the nest. Much preparation, turmoil, tears and rejoicing have gone into this event. Way more turmoil than I originally anticipated for a college departure.
There are nine more days to teach her everything she needs to know for infinity and beyond. That is the key right there that keeps me from losing it… again. Infinity and beyond is what really matters. Kingdom thinking. Have we prepared our daughter (the one who once asked for scotch tape and a box of envelopes for Christmas) to love God and serve people? That people are more important than things? To build others up and give a helping hand?
Yes, she plowed through algebra and ancient world history… but that is knowledge and not necessarily wisdom. Wisdom is what matters in life. Proverbs says that we should seek after wisdom and that it is found in those who take advice. And wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men.
Yes, she can effectively run a household, hold down a job and save money… but it is her heart that matters. Getting to this point with child number one has helped me focus with children numbers 2,3 and 4. They will also make it through algebra and ancient world history… but I need to be an example of love to them no matter the circumstances.
My firstborn daughter and I watched Les Miserables in the theater in Mission, B.C., Canada last night. My favorite line was “To love another person is to see the face of God.” A GREAT movie to see before heading off to college.
(I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.)
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