I dedicated my second book The Homeschool Life to “Owen, the son of my first graduate.” Well, I guess I should start work on my next one, because the daughter of my first graduate was born yesterday. And now, the debate begins.
There are those who hold to the tabla rasa perspective which says that she is, in essence, a blank slate only to be shaped by the various experiences of her life. There are those who hold to the perspective that she’s a reincarnated soul who just happens to be spending this portion of her existence as a female human. There are those who consider her a random accident of a billion years of natural selection. And, there are those, by nature eclectic, who pick and choose between these and many other equally distorted views.
The Bible clearly identifies the nature of this little 7 lb. 8oz. lady. She comes into the world having inherited the sin of her original ancestor Adam. Moreover, she brings with that a unique combination of DNA taken from her father and her mother and those who came before them. She also arrives with a conscience, an internal barometer if you will, that, as she grows, will confirm the Truth of God’s Holy Word regardless of her obedience or disobedience to it. And, finally, she comes into this world with a calling – an already established calling.
Ellie (short for Elliott – Jehovah is my God) has as her purpose to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. She will learn to do this as she takes no other gods before her Creator, shuns the worship of idols, and honors the name of her Lord and His Sabbath gift. Additionally, as a daughter, she is further constrained to honor and obey her parents and those in authority over her, along with the remaining commandments that instruct her how she is to relate to all the other people of the world.
Some would argue that the world already has too many people in it. Some would lament that this child is born into a world plagued with wars, natural disasters, and poverty. However, they would miss the greatest reality of all as gloriously put forth in the words of Psalm 139:1-18,
O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
beholding, O LORD, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].