Devotional: Hebraic thought

This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”

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“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.” (Psalms 111:10)

Today’s devotional reminds me that education is obviously critical for equipping, protecting, and growing one’s self…but it should never, ever be the primary means of gaining wisdom.

Anything other than reading God’s word, listening for answered prayer, and following His will that is your main operating system are grounds for subpar or undesirable results and lack of fulfillment.

Wisdom in biblical times was gained by obedience – not by logic, reasoning, and analysis. While we are grateful for Greek culture giving us tools for gaining, understanding, and applying knowledge – and they definitely have their place in our lives – it’s time for a reboot and return to this principle.

I am so guilty of this – I consume books, podcasts, teachings, and conversations and apply their takeaways most of the time without consulting God first and asking if my education and actions adhere to His wishes – that it honors God and serves people.

I’m done with gaining wisdom that isn’t sourced by God. Nobody knows a creation better than its inventor; nobody loves me more perfectly than my Father; and the truth never changes – which is why the Bible has endured and empowered people for so long.

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Making my last student loan payment…

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I just got an email from my student loans servicer congratulating me on finally paying off my college debt. I didn’t go into higher education and accumulate any additional debt that lawyers, doctors, professors, etc. typically have to amass; but it took 11 years for a simple commuter college kid like me to escape this bondage. Crazy!

Flip-flop: Letting my kids be distracted in order to stay focused 

This is part of a series called “Flip-Flop” – explained here.

I just finished listening to an episode of The Tim Ferriss Show where Tim interviews Ezra Klein – founder of Vox.com. Ezra was sharing his discovery that he could only retain information at meetings and phone calls by fidgeting with something.
His reasoning for it is that he’s a very ancy person, and if he doesn’t have anything to channel this constant movement, he’ll be very distracted and can’t focus on the conversation or education at hand.
Just because something doesn’t apply to me, doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. I don’t believe I have this problem myself, but my son Ethan does. Every night when I read him a bedtime story, he’d always try and grab a toy and play with it while listening, to which I grew up believing it was a sign of non-attention and disrespect.
I’d tell him to put the toy down and explain respect – or at least, my idea of it – and he’d do so obediently…but sadly.
My wife is more in-tuned to our kids’ needs than I am – and for this behavior she bought them these bouncy seats to help them move around while doing schoolwork so that they could get their fidgeting out of the system. I’ve been dumb and slow to jump on this train, and I regret not appreciating this sooner.
I need to appreciate that everybody learns things differently. I was unintentionally shutting down my son’s uniqueness and his ability – and enjoyment – of learning…totally against why we are homeschooling in the first place. I also risked creating a gap between “getting” my son and losing ground in strengthening and maintaining a good relationship with him. I know I’m being hard on myself and we learn as we go as parents, but it’s easier said than felt =)
Onward.