Educating The Whole Person
by Drenda Keesee
God gives us the responsibility to raise and train our families in the way they should live. You can delegate some of that responsibility as long as you’re watching whom you delegate it to and you play an active part in that process. If you don’t know what your child is being taught and you’re not a part of your child’s education, your child could be fed a diet of poison. The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” holds true in no greater way than a child’s training. The goal of education is simple…
The goal of education is simple…
Carolyn Cane says it best:
If I learn my ABCs and can read 600 words per minute but have not been shown how to communicate with the Designer of all language, I have not been educated.
If I have memorized addition facts, multiplication tables, and chemical formulas but have not been disciplined to hide God’s Word in my heart, I have not been educated.
If I can recite the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to the Constitution but have not been informed of the hand of God in the history of our country, I have not been educated.
If I graduate with a perfect 4.0 and am accepted at the finest university with a full scholarship but have not been guided into a career of God’s choosing for me, I have not been educated.
However, if one day I see the world as God sees it and come to know Him, whom to know is life eternal, and glorify God by fulfilling His purpose for me, then I have been educated.
That should be our goal as parents, to choose the route of education and child training that will best achieve that destination. However you choose to educate your children, the most important consideration behind education is bringing them up in the knowledge and the reverence for God and His Word as truth.
Excerpt from “The New Vintage Family” by Drenda Keesee
Drenda Keesee’s contagious zeal and humorous personal experiences help make her ministry of spiritual, emotional and relational wholeness one that will bless your life and spark a new fire in your spirit.
A wife of over 30 years and a mother of five children, Drenda has ministered at churches, seminars, and conferences, and through the mediums of television and radio, for more than 20 years.
Her books, The New Vintage Family, Better Than You Think, and She Gets It are available wherever books are sold. In these heartfelt books, Drenda shares her personal journey and the life lessons that have brought her to where she is today, as well as practical answers that all people need to live a joyful life.
Drenda and her husband Gary founded Faith Life Now, a ministry designed to spread the message of freedom in the areas of finances, faith, marriage, and family. Faith Life Now hosts conferences worldwide, and sponsors both Fixing the Money Thing, which Drenda co-hosts with her husband Gary, and Drenda.
Through their own life experiences, the Keesees have found the principles from God’s Word to be powerful and effective. At one point, Drenda was a young, suicidal feminist with no hope of ever being “good enough” for her own standards of perfection. She never wanted the “inconvenience” of a husband or children, and she was on her own path to success. But the stress of trying to achieve perfection and perform for love left her broken and used. She had success, but it was nothing compared to the pain and loneliness it had also brought.
That’s when God got a hold of her heart. It was there—at her lowest point—that she found the One who accepted and loved her, faults and all. Since that transformation, Drenda has had a passion to reach women who find themselves where she once was.
She married Gary after attending college, and there she found herself in a personal boot camp of sorts. She says, “I cried and told God, ‘I can do anything but be a wife and mother.’” She committed to learning how to do it God’s way. Through the many years of raising their children and struggling to make ends meet, Drenda learned from their mistakes. “I didn’t know how to be a wife and mother, but God saved our marriage, taught us how to parent our children for success, showed us how to have financial success, and then irony of all ironies, He called us to ministry.” It’s truly because of these life experiences that Drenda can now share so many insightful principles for people who are now going through the same struggles.