Training in Wisdom

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

Recently we discussed the necessity of raising children who pursue excellence in their area of their giftedness. As parents and teachers we need to provide a broad spectrum of activities and choices in order to narrow the preferred “skill” that a young person needs to develop.

I once hired a young man who was basically self-taught. Although his English and spelling needed improvement, his mastery skill of working with the computer enabled him to be a successful employee. He acquired skills that made his services in demand by several companies in our area. He developed our web site, worked with the design and layout of our catalogs, newsletters, and brochures, and occasionally accompanied me to conferences. In exchange for his time and talents, I paid him well, provided him with state-of-the-art computer technology and opportunities to advance his skills. There was an investment on my part and an investment on his, and the trade-off was worth it for us both.

As I write this, I am reminded of king Solomon’s insights when he said: “Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.” We have too many young people who are trying to build their house before plowing their fields. There are fields of opportunities waiting to be plowed. On a Literal level, plowing infuses the soil with oxygen, mixing nutrients, which stimulates growth. Figuratively, when our children start plowing the fields of career opportunities through their studies and work experiences, they will soon see the seeds of their sowing break forth into a fruitful life.

The following link provides excellent insight on how to prepare your children for life, not just college: http://the99percent.com/articles/6932/experience-trumps-theory-reviving-the-apprenticeship-model.