I am the mom of two young daughters, and education is rarely far from my mind. I’m a product of both public and private school. My mom homeschooled my brothers, and my husband and I are a founding family for a public charter school. It is no secret: Our family loves education.
In Luke 10:27, Jesus reminds us that we are called to love the Lord our God with all of our minds. When I was in graduate school, the Lord illuminated my heart to understand this verse more deeply. I realized that to love him with all my mind meant that I needed to approach studying, test-taking, listening to and receiving feedback from my professors, and writing papers with an entirely different attitude. I needed to view these seemingly earthly assignments with eternal purpose. These assignments were more than mere activities. Each one was a call to worship. Similar to how I viewed singing worship songs in a service as an offering to the Lord, I began to view my education as an opportunity to love the Lord with my mind. My educational experience actually could be an expression of love for him, true worship, and an opportunity to daily live out Christ's call in Luke 10:27. In addition, my view on equipping the church to live out this call also began to take shape.
As the Lord began shaping my view regarding loving him with my mind, it became apparent to me that he was indeed raising the standards for me to worship him not only with a portion of my mind but in its entirety. Over the last decade, I’ve become more aware of how the body of Christ is hungry to make this connection between our faith and education.
It is tempting to consider educational experiences as a means to an end, fragmented from our relationship with Christ. ...1
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