DISCERNMENT & WISDOM - That’s what we work on in the afternoons. More specifically:
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Afternoons may be about learning or practicing certain skills and habits, but they are the perfect opportunity for more.
My aim for them during this time is growth in discernment and wisdom.
During this time where I’m strengthening my own habit of “masterly inactivity,” they are learning to discern for themselves how to spend their finite time, and to grow in the wisdom of the Lord.
They are exercising their “discernment” muscles and to choose for themselves the best use of this gift of time God has given them. Time that cannot later be retrieved.
Every morning, as we recite the catechism, they (and I) are reminded:
Q: What is our only hope in life and death?
A: That we are not our own but belong to God.
Practically, this means before each year/term I do my part in prayerfully laying out various opportunities for growth - both in areas that the Holy Spirit has impressed upon my heart as important for them, and in areas specific to their unique God-given propensities that can be honed for usefulness to their Master. (2Tim.2:21) (Laid out in a visible chart, of course :) Swipe to see.)
However, more importantly, all of it is bathed in regular conversation and reminders of who we are and our mission on earth.
I wish that even in my childhood, there was someone to remind me of the meaning of life, of my mission on earth, and to “make the most of every opportunity” in fulfilling that purpose - which is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
My children’s days are no less valuable and important than mine.
Soli Deo Gloria in all things, at all times, in all ways. Amen, dear sisters?