For what cause, reason or purpose
Why do I have to put the lettuce first when preparing a salad, the question coming from my 12 year old daughter as she is standing in the kitchen helping with dinner? Well, I started…I’m not sure, that’s how I was taught.
We are born with an inquisitive mind, but somewhere along the way we get tired of asking questions, and then we just accept. As homeschoolers we have a paradigm shift in terms of what education is, some struggle more than others with this shift, but as soon as you start homeschooling…why is a frequent question in your house. Not only does your kids come up with the best ‘Ripleys Believe it or Not’ why, that not even google can help with the answer, but as a parent you start to question everything again.
The definition for why is…for what cause, reason or purpose.
Does your cause, reason or purpose originate from someone that thought it was a nice idea? Or perhaps society defined your cause, reason or purpose? What is the reason for your set of beliefs or customs? It can be cultural, it can be spiritual, and it can even be emotional.
According to Wikipedia traditions can refer to the forms of artistic heritage of a particular culture, beliefs or customs instituted and maintained by societies and governments as well as by religious denominations and church bodies.
Some traditions were started by your family, so to answer for what cause, reason or purpose you are doing something is easy. There are also for what cause, reason or purpose questions when answered would have no significant impact, but then you get the questions when answered could potentially change your life whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual…so let’s look at some for what cause, reason or purpose questions…some of these questions may look obvious in answer, but perhaps it’s time to investigate the true origin of your beliefs and customs that you adopted as your cause, reason or purpose. So for what cause, reason or purpose:-
- Are you homeschooling?
- Are you part of a specific church denomination or religion?
- Are you part of a specific social group?
- Are you for or against a certain political party?
- Are you not eating gluten?
- Are you celebrating Christmas or your birthday?
- Are you protective of your children?
- Are you holding fast to certain traditions?
Some causes, reasons or purposes provide a sense of security…or belonging. But as soon as we answer the why question, do we still feel secure? Do we then still want to belong to that particular idea/tradition? Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? – Matthew 15:3
Some food for thought – If you have a big enough WHY you’ll always figure out the What and the How. If you don’t have a BIG WHY, you’ll always use the What and the How as an excuse for not doing that thing you said you were going to do.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good – 1 Thessalonians 5:21
My name is Celeste, first of all I’m a daughter of the Most High, King above all Kings. I’m also a wife to my husband and a mother, teacher, nurse, sports coach, nutritionist, google expert, computer technician, telecommunication specialist, personal assistant and manager….to my children. The day we decided to answer “our homeschool call” during 2014, we did not realize the journey we were about to embark on. Our main “why” for homeschooling was to strengthen our children's mind to learn for God and to raise spiritually mature children who have both the will and skill to learn and the desire and ability to keep learning.
I asked one of my special friends their cause, reason and purpose for homeshooling and this was her reply….Okay, honestly, I have always wanted to homeschool. I feel that God has entrusted us with His precious lambs, and we are responsible for their complete development: body, mind and soul. 3 John 1:2 says that He desires that we prosper and be in health, just as our souls prosper, showing that He desires holistic health. Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us to constantly teach our children His commands, throughout the day. When we send our children to school, we handover about 60% of our child's time and the moulding of their characters to people who we hardly know. We have no idea what their values are or what they're moulding our precious ones into. Therefore, we chose to homeschool so that, by God's grace, we as their parents, can diligently teach our children God's commands, teach them of His wondrous love and His desires for us in all the areas of our lives, that we may glorify Him by our lives, and ultimately when asked by Our Father where His precious lambs are, we can gather them before His throne, around us as sparkling jewels. – Justine-