Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Home as a Little Christian School

Young Family Working in the Yard Outside their New Home

In this modern day, the worldly culture has seeped into our homes.  It doesn't belong there.  Home should be a little school of Christian living.  Here is where children see Mother and Dad read the Bible, say prayers, and model good manners and morals.

We should also see great industry.  We should see cheerful and happy workers in Mother and Dad.  They set the example.  Dad often takes great pride in the care of the home and yard.  We may see him mowing the lawn, repairing porch steps, working on the car, and fixing screens.  He is busy with making the property look pleasant. He maintains the little christian school called "home."

Mother is busy with preparing meals.  She might be mending a torn curtain, ironing shirts, washing the floor, or baking pastries.  She does this cheerfully, happy to be doing a great work for the Lord in the little home.

Along the way, children are added to the family.  They walk beside the parents.  They help in the care and keeping of that little school at home.  They join in the prayers, the Bible reading, and happy chores.  Often young children find chores pleasant and fun because they get to do them with their parents, whom they love and admire.  They enjoy the company of the parents and want to do the work along with them.  Through this, their own good manners and morals are developed.

Home should be a place which is not a stumbling- block to sin. There should be no liquor, no drugs, no crimes happening (little thefts within the family), no lies, no scantily dressed residents, and no evil or inappropriate television shows. The family ought to take a stance against the world, and stand for a godly home with good policies and rules in the little school at home.  Mother and Dad must model this behavior and set the example.

There is a culture of  the world's school, in some homes.  This does not build the Christian family. Here is where the world's ideas and theories are paramount.  Modern parents often buy their children gadgets and gifts and trips to make them happy, but don't ask the children to work for such frivolity.   Bible reading or prayers don't happen because modern parents are often embarrassed by it, or their children roll their eyes when it is offered because this is not the kind of little school they attended.  It is foreign to them.  They were trained in worldliness, amusements, taking it easy, and enjoying being "young." 

Mother and Dad must set the patten in little Christian homes.  They must study Scripture and pray and immerse themselves in holy living.  This is what will bring a light of wisdom and beauty and godliness into the little school at home.   Family Altar, Sermons, Memorizing the Bible, Modesty, Patience and a Servant's heart should be modeled by the parents. This should be done every day.  This is what makes a happy, joyous home, when Mother and Dad have a heart, and a love, for the Christian School. It ought to be their life's work, their hobby, their everything.

This modern culture is heading to a great ruin.  Let our little homes be strong Christian Schools, and let us bring hope to a dying world, by living heavenward lives, even if our little school is the only one in our community. 

Mrs. White

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Dolores said...

Amen. Beautiful, beautiful post.

Karen Andreola said...

Your message is delivered, seasoned with the salt, and the boldness of your opinion is expressed sweetly. The "little school" image of home as an oasis where God's truth is learned - is an important image. It forms a picture in my mind and heart. Thank-you.

"Example is the best sermon" - something that convicts me often - even though my children are now adult children.

Homespun Devotions said...

This is a wonderful post! I cherished your words today, and my desire is to have this very type of home. God is so faithful to send us the encouragement we need, when we need it. Sometimes, we can feel so isolated and alone if our quest for Godliness and holy living, but praise His name there are others of like mind who lift the standard high in their homes and lives. He is faithful to allow our paths to cross, so iron can sharpen iron. Thank you for sharing what God put in your heart. It was timely, very true, and very much needed. If only all of the world could read it and really adopt its message! Love and blessings to you, Cheryl Smith

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

I do wish this were easier to do. Often mother and father do not place the same importance on it. It is ideal, however.


busymomof10 said...

This was a Fabulous post today, Mrs. White! You are so right! Thanks so much for sharing these gentle, "right-on" words of wisdom! May the Lord bless you and your precious family today!

KarynsHouse said...

I love this timely and beautiful post. It is an inspiration to cling to what it lovely, true, of good report, virtuous, etc...made more poignant by the fact that I am writing about home as well! Thanks and God bless you.

gail said...

Dear Mrs White, I found your lovely writings just a couple of days ago and last night found your very first post. I will slowly work my way through all you have written because I see such wise council in your writings. Thank you for the beautiful and very timely reminder today of what a Godly home should be. There maybe few truly Christian homes but we can show by example. I heard the story of a young girl who was having a sleepover with a Christian family many years ago. She was so amazed at hearing that family say grace before their meals and she never forgot that and in fact it was instrumental in her eventually giving her life to Christ. She grew up and married a pastor and is working now for the Lord. We never know who is watching us in our little Christian home schools.
Blessings Gail
(from Australia)

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