Schoolwork – Getting it Done

Posted on January 13, 2009 · Posted in Discipline, Godward Orientation

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
       and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways acknowledge him,
       and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5&6

The following request came in from one of our readers.

I'd like to see you address the topic of motivation in schoolwork sometime on your blog. How do we use the Scriptures to instill in our kids a motivation to do their best in their studies? What form should discipline take for children who do not apply themselves the way they should?

This is a topic that nearly every parent, and certainly every child, is familiar with.  "It's time to do your schoolwork." The response is usually not – Sure mom, thanks for reminding me. I can’t believe that I almost forgot to get back to doing my work. This school stuff is great! Maybe I will have even more to do tomorrow.”  No, the response is more likely to be,  “Why do I have to do this? I really don’t feel good. Maybe I should stay home tomorrow.” So, what do you do to provide biblical motivation?

I believe the familiar passage in Proverbs (quoted above) is a great place to start. Since the question is about schoolwork, let me give you an assignment. Think about how Proverbs 3:5-6 applies to the question that our reader asked. I’ll give you my answer tomorrow. Please let me know your thoughts.

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