Don't be fooled by his youth...the kid's really a genius
Caleb, when he’s not making cracks about bodily functions and other typical 11-year-old boy stuff, is quite the sage.
Yesterday, while he was pondering the meaning and purpose of life he queried, “Mom, why are video games fun?”
Ah! A learning opportunity has just alighted. I gave him my usual thoughtful”let’s explore this together” answer and said a la Scooby Do, “I ron’t ro.”
Caleb was undaunted and continued pondering this weighty subject when the light bulb began glowing.
“It’s because I can control other things!”
Ah, Young Grasshopper. You are learning.
He continued, “In real life, I can only control ME.”
Oh my. Where’s my notebook? This kid is grasping a concept that most of the world needs to understand.
I had been thinking about this quite a bit lately while I was reading the workshop descriptions for an upcoming Homeschool conference. Consider this description:
Five Minutes with a Darwinist: Exposing the Fluff of Evolution. If you only had 5 minutes talking with a friend who was an evolutionist, could you quickly topple the main pillars for evolution and present a strong case for creation.
My thoughts: And this will encourage them in their spiritual journey….how????? And….How would I feel if someone referred to my tightly held convictions as “fluff”?
From my perspective, this is another attempt to use religious mechanisms to control another’s beliefs. And religion is one of the worst perpetrators of this tactic. (Just pray this prayer…just attend this seminar…or as I heard one dear saint say in regards to dealing with a severely handicapped child who was having a tantrum, “You need to speak to their spirit.” I’m going to bravely ask a question in regards to that last one, “What the hell does that mean?”)
But back to the conference offerings. How about this excerpt on a writing workshop:
Writing is the quintessential skill for young people preparing to be 21st century apologists.
Oh dear. This makes me tired just reading that. That’s a butt load of responsibility for a kid….learning how to argue and defend on behalf of Big Guy.
True, writing and communication is probably, IMHO, one of the most important skills a child should gain in order to be successful in relationships and commerce.
But it’s back to this control thing again. I’m not throwing rocks at these people….these are the rules I played at for a very long time. (And still continue to struggle with.)
But here’s the deal: It’s so dang tiring trying to control everything. And it sucks away all my energy and keeps me from what Jesus did ask me to do: Love my neighbor. Or how about having safe, loving relationships with my family?
I have seen very few believers, (myself included) who exhibit the”joy unspeakable and full of glory” that Jesus talked about on a regular, consistent basis and I am utterly convinced it’s because we haven’t relinquished trying to control others and circumstances.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed from “Taking a Stand!” or “Pressing on!” or….eeeeeeyewwww….my pet peeve “Taking this city for Christ!!!!” I encourage you to take another look at the dynamics going on. We talk about being a people of New Testament grace but the reality is we’re just as busy fulfilling the law as ever.
Our mandate from God is quite simple: Love others. His yoke is easy and his burden is light. Jesus in a loving divine conspiracy with Papa….took care of all the rest. And when we do need to do something, he even sent a Helper.
I’m going to pass on the apologetics workshop and I’ll save the evolution arguments for the scholars. As a matter of face, perhaps I’m considering taking up video gaming to scratch that control itch. (After all, it IS played with a, har, CONTROLLER.)
And I am thinking that perhaps, at next year’s convention, we should book a spot for Caleb to offer a workshop. I bet that would go over well.
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