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Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

Friday, May 19, 2017

As an educator, I have a lot of “teacher movies” I love to watch. One of them came out in 2002 and is called, “The Emperor’s Club.” This movie features a teacher, Mr. Hundert, who teaches ancient history. On the first day of class, he asks a student to stand and read from a plaque in the room. The quote the student reads is this, “I am Shutruk Nahunte, King of Anshand and Susa, Sovereign of the land of Elam. I destroyed Sippar, took the stele of Niran-Sin, and brought it back to Elam, where I erected it as an offering to my god, Inshushinak.” — Shutruk Nahunte, 1158 B.C.

This isn’t a simple Hollywood moment. Shutruk Nahunte, and all that is referenced in the quote, really happened. The king, Niran-Sin (which literally meant, “beloved of the moon god,” who happened to be called “Sin”), was himself a tough character. Shutruk came and conquered him and took Niran-Sin’s prized possession, a trophy or stele he created after a king he conquered. This was common practice at the time. A conquering king took the trophies of the king he conquered.

However, the point here is, that Shutruk Nahunte, in the quote above, basically beats his fist against his chest and tells the world just how tough he is and does so in an effort to never be forgotten…but…he was. No one knows this story. (Shutruk was later killed by a fellow we have heard of… King Nebuchadnezzar.) Shutruk is long-forgotten. Ecclesiastes 3:14 states, “I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.” Elsewhere, Paul, in 1 Corinthians 3 talks about building on the foundation of Christ using precious stones, gold and silver or wood, hay and straw. Are YOU building your family to go the distance? In particular, are you building a heritage for your children that will L.A.S.T.?

Love…Do your children know how to love? Love is often the compelling, driving force behind many of our efforts, contributions and accomplishments. 1 John 4:7, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God.”

Attitude…Do we teach our children to have a good, resilient attitude? Philippians 2:5 states, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…”

Share…This one began when they were still eating glue and playing in the sandbox. However, it is not just sharing things like money and possessions, but themselves. How do they speak, express thoughts and feelings, connect and build relationships? 2 Corinthians 4:7 reminds us that we have something to share when it says, “…but we have this treasure in earthen vessels…”

Think…do we teach our children not to merely absorb, at face value, everything the world tries to shove down their throats? Are they critical, creative, collaborative…thinkers? Will their faith get them past that freshman philosophy professor? Will it get them past that rough season or even that “blue” Monday we all have sometimes? Proverbs 23:7 clearly tells us, “…as a man thinks in his heart…so is he.”

Cornerstone Christian Schools works hard every day to inculcate a Christian worldview into every child. We desire to teach them about the Creator by studying the created. Our hope is that, in this process, we build in them truths to withstand any and every test they face now and throughout their lives.  Shutruk Nahunte foolishly believed he would never be forgotten. Will the legacy you are leaving with your children be the same? Build your home and your children using precious stone and gold, not straw and sticks. #Christianschoolisworthit