Ryan, my husband, joined the ranks today with thousands of 5-18 year-olds and started school. Law school. AKA, today is a very big day for him. And me. I wonder if my mother-in-law felt this way for him on his first day of kindergarten – excited and proud and mostly nervous? I mean, going to school is no small deal. It is a blessing to be formally educated, one that too few will ever have. The people, ideas, and experiences your children (or spouse) will run into will be as uplifting as ever – the hallmark of an education! School can be so fun. Or it can be so hard. Going to school day in and day out can be draining – physically, socially, and mentally – especially since most educational systems today don’t nurture spiritually.
And there’s got to be a place for the spirit in each of us to be educated and cared for. Our spirits are part of the team, and when they’re not nurtured, the body and mind become weak. I mean, listen to these scriptures below:
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?…Therefore glorify God in your body and spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Romans 8:13
The game just can’t be played as well when the flesh is willing but the spirit is weak. Since schools today can’t address spirituality – that vital facet to well being – the home is the place.
So how do we make our homes a school for the spiritual? How can we help those we care about learn as much spiritually as they need to secularly?
I have just three suggestions for now about working that important magic. They come via my own home’s culture growing up, homes of those I’ve seen, and what I’ve personally read and studied on the topic:
Pray. Pray individually and as a family. To pray is to talk with God, and having a good conversation with Him opens the door for our spirits to be strengthened. A student at school doesn’t glean from their teacher’s wisdom by never speaking with them. Our interactions with God and our spiritual educations are the same – we need to talk with the Master Teacher!
Read scripture. Students feast on a wide range of materials at school every single day. They read about letters, different countries, colors – or the law! – and their minds are made rich because of it. If we read from scripture at home, our spirits get a chance to become strong, full, and rich, too. They get the chance to be fed.
Take note! To fully understand something in school, teachers ask students to find how principle x, y, or z applies in their life or in the world around them. Spiritual cocnepts need the same kind of attention to their application. At home, we can keep our eyes out for when and how the principles that we learn spiritually come to life. IE, if someone is sick and we pray for his or her recovery, when their health starts improving, shout how the principle of prayer applied and that prayer works!
Isn’t educating the mind, body, and spirit such a blessing? How do you keep your families moving forward at school and in the home, both physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually? Teach me over here! We’re all in this together.