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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Field Day

I'm very thankful for our home school group. The biggest benefit of homeschooling groups seems to be the way they provide kids with a group identity. I think one important element in successfully homeschooling over the long term is finding a way for our kids to feel that they are a part of something. Thanks again to all the moms who worked together to make Field Day so fun.

This year our group had its first annual Field Day. Rainy weather loomed but it didn't rain on our parade, so-to-speak. With an Olympic theme, we had six events: softball shotput, basketball, Frisbee discus, balance beam, long jump, and 50 yard dash.

Our kids competed against a set standard so that everyone could earn a gold, silver, or bronze in every event. They rotated through events in nation-teams according to age. The pictures show our older three standing with their teams. (Lane with his hands on his hips; Syndey on the left, Hope three from the left.)

I had the privilege of serving as the Field Day coordinator, which meant I got to give the devotional. What a perfect time to remember Eric Liddell! In our opening ceremonies I briefly told the kids about Liddell's famous stand for God in the 1924 Olympics, in which he did not run in his best event because it was scheduled on Sunday. His principled stand was and remains an amazing witness to Jesus. But perhaps an even greater Kingdom impact was made by Liddell in his missionary service to China. He died there during World War II.

Liddell's life story reminds me of another missionary, Jim Eliot. Jim Eliot famously said, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." I reminded the kids that while it is good to compete hard for a worthy goal, none of our medals will last. Far better that we give up the temporal to gain the eternal.

How do we do that? Trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and live our life for His Kingdom.

We press on.

* Eric Liddell found himself in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Another prisoner, Langdon Gilkey, wrote a book about his experience in the same camp. Eric Liddell is not a central character in Gilkey's book, but his book stands alone for its examination of human nature. Find out more about the book Shantung Compound.

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