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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What Does God Want?

Kevin Swanson,...was homeschooled himself in the 1960's and 70's, and now he and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Since graduating from his homeschool and then serving as student body president of a large west coast university, he has gone on to other leadership positions in corporate management, church, and other non-profits.

Kevin has 35 years of experience in the homeschooling movement and serves as the Director of Generations With Vision, a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. I've been reading his website recently in an effort to learn more about homeschool. I 've been struck by his thoughts on education. He writes;

"A study performed by UCLA found that the highest value of college kids is to get a good job and make boatloads of money. What are our highest values? Should we seek academic excellence in order that our children might “get into a good college,” so that they will make their $52,000 a year on graduation? What values are passing on to our children?... Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” If we seek what God wants first, He’ll take care of the grades and the college education, and the 52K per year, or whatever junk they’ll need in life.

So what does God want us to focus on? In all our academic studies, we want to focus on things like “the fear of God as the beginning of wisdom,” humility, faith, and character. We want to make sure that our young men become the men of God that He envisions in passages like 1 Tim. 5:8, Eph. 5:23,25,28, Eph. 6:4, Neh. 4:14, 2 Samuel 24, and 1 Tim. 2:8.

This is what God wants! And He so highly values our precious daughters who become beautiful cornerstones configured in passages like 1 Pet. 3:4, 1 Tim. 2:9-15, Titus 2:3-5, and Gen. 2:20. These things are important to God. I don’t really know why. But if He thinks they are important, let’s focus on these things first - and I guarantee that He’ll make sure of our academic and economic success."

What are your thoughts on this?


  1. God wants righteous children.

    As for making is a tool that our society uses for material gain, food, shelter, ministries, charities insurance, medical attention, etc.

    Education doesn't necessarily mean big bucks. True, diplomas and training can open many a door in the business world, but we are not limited to making money due to an education that usually has a high price tag attached to it.

    Money in itself isn't wicked, but how we go about getting it can have a wicked motive behind it.

    Google 'Rose Blumkin' never had a formal education. She couldn't read nor write, but she had a brilliant math mind and was a astute business woman. She sold 80%of the Nebraska Furniture Mart which she created to Warren Buffet ON A HAND SHAKE for around $55 million dollars.

    I don't believe God wants our children to be entertained by wrong motives that plaque our public schools these days nor what's just out there given to chance.

    There are Private Schools as well and the students that you mingle with may have wrong motives as well.

    God wants righteous children that honor Him by living righteous lives.

  2. Wow! Thanks for that Deanna. I'm going to look up Rose Blumkin. She sounds amazing!

  3. Yes! That was perfectly said,Deanna.

    pam j.


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