Upward Bound Home School classes begin today. I spent a lot of time praying and preparing for this day. As a parent and teacher of my children, I have an interest in their lives as a whole, not just their academics. I want my children to be well-rounded, so to speak. After all, the goal is responsible, mature, godly adults.
I contemplate their character and how to nurture it—how to incorporate character-building lessons and activities into our home school curriculum and day-to-day tasks.
The definition of character per dictionary.com is “the aggregate of features or traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing.” Aggregate means “a sum mass, or assemblage of particulars; a total or gross amount.” Character integrates honesty, courage, and other moral, ethical, and biblical qualities.
I analyze and work on the each child’s individual traits as well as his/her overall makeup. In this way, I can adapt my teaching style, lessons, and training tools as we progress.
Just as I educate my children, I want the Lord to instruct me, to refine me. It is my deepest desire to reflect the image of Christ. I consistently work on my own character, the totality of who I am. I want to be more like Jesus today than I was yesterday. To that end, I read the Bible and other biblical material, attend church, participate in biblical discussions, and pray. I ask God to show me areas that need perfected and rely on Him to help me improve.