I just moved my son into college (ISU – gained another convert). My daughter is in her Sophomore year at Johnston. The education world is back in full swing building a foundation, preparing the minds of our youth for the imposing and unending job of caring for the world and each other; for leading and feeding nations, for discovery and growth, for arts, music… “and the pursuit of happiness.”
I am not an architect, but I know some of the basics about building. You must calculate the weight, height, wind tension, and so forth to know how thick and strong to build a foundation, and how deep to drill the support piles for larger structures.
I think there are two things that are important to remember:
- If the foundation is not strong enough the building will not stand the test of time.
- The bigger the structure the more a person needs to invest in a strong foundation.
I also believe that the foundation of a building can be a powerful metaphor for the education in a person’s life. If we don’t prepare the foundation, we may not stand the test of time, and the greater aspirations a person has, the stronger their foundation needs to be.
I am convinced that it requires more than just a secular education. I believe that every person needs a foundation that includes math, science, language, arts, history, etc; but we also need a foundation of faith, a grounding in peace, hope, and love, that can support us when the storms of life prevail; when the ground under our feet shifts, and we feel like our world is falling down around us.
As school starts up, so do the local churches. Christian education programs and small groups are starting all around the community in an effort to build and reinforce the foundation of our lives. Whatever church you attend, I encourage you to get involved in these programs and support your kids in this essential process of building the foundation for their future. If you are looking for a place to grow your faith I encourage you to check out Johnston River of Life.
On September 20th, JROL kicks off H2GO (Hearts to Hear God, Hands to Help Others) Kids program. Bring your kids and they will get a “Pearl” to spend on items in the Treasure Chest. We hope to see you there.