Tuesday, June 17, 2008

I'm A Nancy Wilson Blog Groupie

Nancy Wilson is the wife of Doug Wilson who is the son of Jim Wilson, the pastor of the church I went to when I was a young believer in college. They all blog, even Jim is in his 80's these days. Doug is a pastor in Moscow Idaho and a writer and theologian/philosopher as well. I'm glad I found his wife's blog "Femina"--she tells the truth in her down-to-earth and witty way.

Here is a snippet from one of my favorite posts on parenting "Why Give Kids A Vacation Anyway?":

We want to be reformational in our thinking and living. We believe our theology should affect all of our living, so that means we ought to live like we believe it. Reformed types tend to over-emphasize stuffy theology and try to take shelter from living by hiding behind stacks of big fat books. Live a little. Maybe you need to take a break from your frenetic pace and take a pottery or painting class yourself. Or maybe ballroom dancing or fencing. Giving your children the opportunity to experience many things, from camping and fishing to astronomy and physics, is giving them a big view of God. Look at all the cool stuff God lets us do.

We want to become more human, which means bearing His image more faithfully and fully. He is not a fusser, watching the clock and checking things off His to-do list. We need to imitate Him, His extravagance and liberality toward His children. Did you catch that glorious sunset He set out in the sky tonight? Or were you too busy fussing over something “righteous” and forgot to look up? Come on! Don’t tell me He wasted all that color and light and you didn’t even notice? He seems to delight in distracting us away from our many mundane duties to look and wonder. So we ought to distract our own children away from their studies and chores.

Kids ought to play in the dirt and build forts and climb trees and throw snowballs and make you laugh. The great architects and musicians and artists of the next generation need to discover their gifts and develop their talents while playing dress-ups or messing around with clay. They won’t ever know what they can do unless you give them the opportunity to try.
That’s why I think kids need a summer break.

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