1/06/2014

Double Delight, Year Four


This school year, private schools were granted permission to raise tuition fees. The prices of goods and services are going up, too. And there is nothing we can do about it. Parents  just have to bite the bullet.

As “parents” to Maika and Nikka for their education, we do need to grin and bear it. It isn't easy—not for two seniors who are way past their prime earning years.

Well, there's always public school, which will reduce the cost drastically. After all, 95% of Filipino children go to public schools.

Nothing's terribly wrong with public schools. Except that today, Maika and Nikka will have to contend with a packed classroom of 50 to 60 students, and lack of facilities such as a library with enough books and computers. Teachers also have to spread themselves thin with classroom crowds in all levels.  

For the twins, pubic school will mean good-bye to Bible stories, memory verses, prayers and studying the Word daily.

On the other hand, they have had four years of Biblical precepts in a Christian school, which I never had. I am a public school thoroughbred from grade school to college, so did many of my friends who now hold key posts in various Christian communities. 

Do schools really make a difference?

In Romans, the apostle Paul uses the word know or knowing eleven times. What are we to know? God’s Word. When we acquire spiritual knowledge and apply it to our lives, we serve the Lord in spirit and truth.

Romans 6:12-13 (NLT), "Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God." 

From our knowledge of God stems every other area of understanding.

Do schools really make a difference?

We pray that with grace, which came to us through our twins in the last four years, our double delight will doubly delight us in year 5 and beyond.

(Note: I had just written this post when I got a call from a kind soul who said he will take on the twins next school year. Words fail me. Thank you, Lord.) 

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