There are times when Brian and I are considered a little weird even within our Christian-homeschool-conservative circle of friends. We very rarely turn on a TV, we have absolutely no video games or ipods etc in our home, we don't go all out at Christmas, you won't see us at the mall except under extreme conditions, and we plan to never spend a dime at Disney World. Why all the eccentricity?
At the heart of it, we know that our children (and all humans) have only so much brain space. If it's cluttered with the latest movies and video games and desires for all the latest gadgets at the mall and excitement over the latest superhero or Disney princess, where do we fit Jesus in? Do we just add Him in to all the other stuff? "We love Mickey Mouse and Snow White and our ipods and Jesus at our house." Is that really what we want?
No. I don't want to compartmentalize our lives and just have Him be a part of it. I want Him to be the focus, the centerpiece. I have a hard time justifying the glorification of so many other things while saying I want Him to be Lord of all. It seems hypocritical.
The re-election of Obama a few weeks ago actually became the impetus for me to regain focus in this with my children. I realized that our world is really getting darker, and evil was only going to surround my children more in the future than it ever has. I have a unique opportunity as their mother to ground them in truth and refine their focus on the One who really matters. In their adult lives it will matter more if they know the truth of Jesus and hope in the glory of God than if they know the Pythagorean theorum or can speak three different languages. The most important thing I can do for them is arm them with truth. It matters not if I take them to Disney World. Or give them an iphone when they're 14. Or make sure they have the latest pair of jeans. It really doesn't matter at all. If they don't know truth, it will REALLY. MATTER. That's where my focus must be. That doesn't leave a whole lot of room for video games.