"He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings." Psalm 40:2

Object Lessons in Everything…

I was accused of it again the other day – endearingly, I will presume. I was accused of finding an object lesson in just about everything.

What can I say? I plead guilty.

Some might find that habit of mine annoying, but it’s a habit that motivates and encourages me. This habit has become more deeply ingrained the longer we’ve homeschooled, as I grasp for examples to help make the things I try to teach the boys more clear to them…as I try to inspire the boys to see the big picture, develop strong character, and follow the Lord.

Morals, examples, and life lessons abound in all the nature, relationships, and individuals around us. These can serve as a tool to stimulate our growth, if we recognize and remember them.

Clearly, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

I see life lessons in my physical therapy, in the falling leaves, and in the behavior of our chickens. I see lessons in chemistry, biology, and astronomy. I see lessons in my relationships with others, and in their relationships which I observe. In all these things and more, the truths of Scripture come alive, and I find the need and motivation to learn and improve.

We’re never done learning or improving, this side of heaven. Why not take advantage of every opportunity to do so?

Just saying…

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4 Responses to “Object Lessons in Everything…”

  1. kevinjandt

    “I see life lessons in my physical therapy, in the falling leaves, and in the behavior of our chickens.”

    We do a bible study on the Proverbs written by Kevin Swanson. He said can you imagine God’s wisdom in creating chickens. Here is an animal that pecks at the ground, eats almost anything, and somehow lays eggs, that’s crazy 🙂

    wonderful article.

    Kevin

    • Jenni

      That’s funny! Swanson is so right. We’ve had chickens for a little over a year now, and they never cease to amaze me – physically and behaviorally. Now all those old sayings which reference chickens make more sense! (Hen-pecked, mad as a wet hen, etc…) We call them little velociraptors because of how they track, attack, and devour moles, mice, and snakes. 😀

  2. The Master's Slave

    I sure learned a lesson while reading this post…kidding! truly though, if we are sensitive to God’s voice, then His very creation cries out to us to learn wisdom. Problem with most people, they are too busy to slow down and listen. I am constantly looking for ways to teach my children through nature for it seems animals have something we don’t. They don’t make the same mistakes we do.

    • Jenni

      LOL!

      Yes, I agree with you on all points. It seems there’s no end to what we can learn from creation! The old book series “Character Sketches” has some great examples in their writings about animals (the way they present Bible stories isn’t always great, though, in my opinion). Overall, I find that good observation applied to current circumstances works the best with our kids. And, piggybacking on what you said, that takes time and sensitivity.

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