Each Friday, I post an inspiring passage from For the Children’s Sake, a book by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay about the Charlotte Mason method of education and childrearing.
Try a simple experiment. Take a small child on your knee. Respect him. Do not see him as something to be prune, form, or mold. This is an individual who thinks, acts, and feels. He is a separate human being whose strength lies in who he is, not who he will become. If his choices made now and in the future are to be good ones, this person must understand reality and see the framework of truth. In the shorthand of language we call this “knowing.” The child is a person who needs to grow in knowledge.
You have some of that knowledge. Not because you are an adult and adults are supposed to be wonderfully clever; the Bible is very clear in its teaching that there is a sense in which we must ourselves become like this little child on our knee if we are to inherit the kingdom of God. But we have knowledge because we have lived in God’s world as persons, adn that knwledge can be shared. Christians have the added perspective of God’s Word from which to explain their experience and understanding of life.
We are told my many in our generation that this small child is a cog in a machine, or even that he is a possession, like a pet animal. Many adults now “have” a child, in the same way that they “have” a washing machine or a collie dog.
We must answer: No. You are holding a person on your knee. And that is wonderful.
~Chapter 2, Children are Born Persons
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I was recently given a gently used copy of For the Children’s Sake, and I would love to pass it on to one of you! If you would like to enter the giveaway, please just leave a comment. And if you blog, tweet, or facebook about it, feel free to add an additional comment for each thing you do, so that you will be entered multiple times. Giveaway is open until next Friday when I will draw a winner.
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