Psalm 1

The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

1 Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

The goal of education is to give people the knowledge they need to be wise. My husband and I want our children to be “like [trees] planted by streams of water” that they may yield the Fruit of the Spirit. This is no simple task. Wickedness comes naturally and is easier than being a blessed man of God. The world would tell us that God is not real, that we (human beings) are not extraordinarily special creatures, and that nothing really matters in the end. I do not want my children to accept those lies as truth.

God’s Word is truth. God’s Word is the most important thing for my children to learn. Of course, we will teach them mathematics, language, history, and science, but in such a way that they know that God created them, redeemed them, and sustains them. Without faith in Jesus they will perish with the wicked. That is certainly a sober thought.

I am thankful that my grandparents brought my parents up to love God and trust in Jesus for their salvation. I am grateful that my parents had me baptized when I was one month old, and raised me to know and love God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And I pray that my husband and I can pass on our heritage of faith to our children.

Lord, have mercy.

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