Today in school, we worked on math.
David was doing the simple addition problems in his head, and I remarked that I knew a child several years older than he who couldn’t do those problems at all. David remarked that this was terrible, and I responded, “Not really. God didn’t give him the ability to learn math.”
Then I explained that we are stewards of intelligence just like stewards of the money and possessions God gives us (we’ve discussed stewardship before). When David (and Mommy) work hard to study, we’re being good stewards of the ability God has given us. If we’re lazy and just get by (making sixes and zeros comes to mind), we’re not being good stewards.
So that other child who has difficulty with math can glorify God, even if she must always count with her fingers to add one plus three. Being a good steward had little to do with intelligence.
Convicting, isn’t it?
Conversations like these remind me why I homeschool.