I had the honor of guest posting at the CiRCE blog, on one of my favorite principles of education: Repentance. I’ve written about the topic before in the Education Is for Life series, but the CiRCE post is a more concise rendering of the same thought.
George Grant introduced me to the relationship between repentance and education:
“True education is a form of repentance. It is a humble admission that we’ve not read all that we need to read, we don’t know all that we need to know, and we’ve not yet become all that we are called to become. Education is that unique form of discipleship that brings us to the place of admitting our inadequacies.”
When education is less about us producing results and more about us following a path of sanctification for ourselves, we are freed from the pressures of performing and allowed to grow ourselves as well as help the growth of those entrusted to us.
At CiRCE I wrote:
School days so often don’t go the way we plan them to, even when our plans are sincerely made for good. Yet we know that nothing comes to us by chance, but from God’s fatherly hand. It is for our good, that we may trust Him more and than our own abilities and skills and arts.
Our job, our calling, is perseverance, not control. God calls us to faith, not to living out a formula that guarantees the outcome we desire. God is weaving a story, and we act our part and trust that the Author will work it out to His praise and glory.
Read the rest here: Faithfully, Perhaps Successfully
Repentance isn’t wallowing in feeling inadequate. Repentance is looking to God, admitting we are inadequate, praying He will work good despite us, and just doing what we can do without snapping off either the students’ heads nor our own.
It doesn’t mean we stop trying; we bravely continue in faithfulness, even when we don’t measure up or feel like a success. It is a walk of obedience, not achievement. It is a path of sanctification, not ambition.