I am reading a book called, “Shepherding a Child’s heart” By Tedd Tripp.
I would like to share a bit with you that spoke to me.
We have all see the families that bend over backward getting each child to their afterschool sports and other lessons. we have all heard to not overdo it and instead say no more to these kinds of activities and try to keep life simple… spend time together as a family!
For me it has never been too much of a temptation simply because we can’t afford all of these extra things. But I can see how easy it is to slip into the trap.
SOme of the lures nag at me saying….
* it would be a good experience for her
* it will teach her a few things I could never teach her
* her friend is going to be in the class too
~ oh! I forgot to mention…. the she/her I am referring to is 2 1/2 years old!
I had never heard of extra curricular activities explained this way before but to me … it just makes sense!
Author Tedd Trip says about developing special skills,
“What is the problem with having your children involved in a broad range of activities? Many parents who would never allow their child attend public school will send them to dance classes. They will refuse to have them influenced by secular humanism in school, but will expose them to unbiblical ideas of beauty in dance class.
When I ask parents why they put their children in these classes, they explain that it has helped their child’s sense of self-worth. Are their any passages (of scripture) that make the development of self-worth a biblically mandated goal? Shouldn’t we be more concerned with an accurate of sense of self? Is it biblical to build self-worth on a child’s capacity to develop a physical skill? Are we not encouraging pride that comes from the capacity to perform? Most coaches do not teach the Little Leager who hits a home run to give thanks to God for the timing and coordination necessary to perform such a complex feat.
Many of these activities teach your children to trust in themselves, when the Scriptures say that those who trust in themselves are fools whose hearts turn from GOd. The self-love and self-trust our culture proffers always turns the heart away from God.”
I am interested in your thoughts on this.