The amount of words in print in a child’s student years is rivaled only by the printing press, a public library or a newspaper office. Isolated, a word holds limited meaning, while stringing words into phrases and sentences contains the power to alienate friends, encourage a hurting heart or begin a lucrative business. Especially for children, who tend to believe anything printed, the prospect is awesome.
The great Master Teacher told a story one day – a parable rich with meaning. While His hearers watched a farmer cast seed into the ground, Jesus interpreted the symbols of the story. The ground is the heart of the hearers. Parents who understand that truth seeks to develop hearts eager to learn, knowing it is useless to force instruction on an unready, unreceptive mind. But our focus here is on the seed. That seed, He said, is the Word of God.
Consider the seed you hold in your hand at planting time. Brown, drab, small – apparently dead. For months it has lain unchanged in a brightly colored packet. By faith, you place it in the ground, apparently throwing it away. What happens there? The germ of life, hidden at one point only as the drab brown seed by our marvelous Creator, nurtured by moist warming soil and water, receives a flash of electricity and a miracle begins. The seed springs to vigorous life, and produces a tiny shoot thrust downward to become the root, while another shoot is thrust upward toward the light.
Even as the seed is the word, so is the Word in the germs of truth, in the seed. What kinds of words, what kinds of seeds are we planting in the fertile, moist soul of the boys and girls who depend on us not only for a roof over their heads but for the educational foundation to prepare them for life on this planet and then for a recreated world? We would not dream of planting degerminated corn seed in our gardens; are we fooling ourselves into thinking that the words of unconverted men will contain the precious germ that will spring to life when touched by the miraculous spark from heaven, then produce flourishing growth in the lives of our children?
Four young men were taken captive to Babylon long years ago -– Daniel and his three friends. They were not the only ones, but we are not told the names of the rest. Why do we know about Daniel, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego, but none of the others? The answer is awesome to consider. These four young men evidently received a superior education as boys, an education that taught them to think, an education based on God’s Word – total truth – the seed with the germ intact. How else would you explain four boys who knew ten times more than their teachers? Truth was taught to them in simple surroundings, likely by parents who loved God supremely and encouraged their boys to apply their hearts to wisdom from the scriptures rather than the Greek “classics” and other trivia of the day. Their keen minds literally exploded into wisdom that left the PhDs of Babylon, as well as their classmates, trailing in the dust. Yes, their superior physical diet played its part as well. A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and legumes rather than degerminated, sugared, worthless calories.
Occasionally we “overhear” remarks in person or on email, stated by those who appreciate instruction from the Moore Foundation. “I don’t agree with Moores in everything, but most,” is one occasional comment. We know what one of those issues is – “What shall we read?!” We know we can’t “please all the people all of the time,” nor will everyone totally agree with what Moore Academy advocate, or even Raymond and Dorothy Moore put in print. However, we suggest that you as a parent make some careful considerations. How much of those seeds in your hand will you plant in your garden? Will you clip the germ from the rest of the seed? How much of the grain will you grind into flour to make your bread? Most important of all, will you place before your children, or allow them to read, worthwhile seed – seed that contains the germ of life to catch the electric current from heaven?
Your answer may make the difference in your children. They may be walking encyclopedias who can test to the max and receive impressive scholarships to the best universities. Or, they may use what they know as facts, then build with wisdom from God, rising above some of the best scholars who will baffle the world and secure a place in God’s list of who’s who. Turn from the chaff that the world has to offer, and insist on only the best seed, containing the full germ of life. Return to the Word, the Creator, God who is life itself on His throne and in His printed communication to man. The results will amaze you – guaranteed.
By Ellen Dana, Moore Academy
Ellen Dana the Educational Director at Moore Academy. She enjoys helping families around the world to successfully homeschool their children. She strives to carefully and responsibly continue promoting a balanced educational effort with individualized curriculum planning and surveillance of enrolled families’ practice in using the Moore Formula type of education avidly taught by the Moores.
Printed in the Moore Report International several years ago.