What Are We Doing?

Enjoy this, the first published article I ever wrote, over sixteen years ago, for An Encouraging Word magazine, published out of Oklahoma. I got $20 for it, back then!

It is taken from Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 7, and John 12.

a pretty box

A Pretty Box

Once there was a woman who loved Jesus so much, that she did something so radical, that she incurred such unreasonable wrath from those around her, that the Lord Jesus was pleased to publicly defend her.

What she did was not illegal. She had not stolen anything, nor lied, nor killed anyone in the process of her actions. So why was she censored?

I believe it was because what she did was something that should only be done to God. It was an act of unadulterated adoration, totally unfitting to be performed for a mere human, however good that person might be.

This is what she did: She took something of hers that was worth around $50,000.00 and destroyed it at this man’s feet, all the while crying and kissing him. (He was not her husband.) She did this in public. In fact, it was before a large gathering of his friends and acquaintances.

“But He was God,” you say.

“He IS God,” you add.

True; how easy for us to have such excellent hindsight! But this woman had the gift of faith, Scripture tells us, to know Jesus as Messiah (before that telling moment of resurrection) and the crowd around her did not. Her actions were proper,but her critics simply were unable to agree.

In fact, her critics were embarrassed to the point of making up some fumbling arguments about the poor people in some poor place somewhere. Dollar amounts were rumored around. People were generally appalled.

Do you wonder how this relates to us?

I propose that most home educating parents are doing the same thing. Those of us who realize our children are the most precious things we have, are investing their entire lives at the feet of Jesus.

It is not illegal, but it has caused quite an embarrassed public stir. We hear all the traditional fumbling arguments about cost, socializing, college, etc. They say our children have been wasted and they cannot understand why. We have incurred wrath; we have critics who would love to censor us.

But you are right. He IS God.

By faith, somehow, we are able to know that our actions are proper. The telling moment of high ACT scores is upon us.

Rejoice with great joy! He is pleased to defend us!

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4 thoughts on “What Are We Doing?

  1. Karen says:

    Dear Kathy,
    I do remember many comments in the past about our decision to homeschool our children. Someone asked me once if my kids were ever going to a REAL school. Hmmmmm!!! Ask them if they are in a REAL SCHOOL. Others wondered if our kids would be normal. I pray NOT!!! Normal to them is teenage rebellion, dating, trying drugs and/or alcohol, and immodest dress. No!!! I do not want my kids to be normal, according to “their” definition. Normal according to the WORD of GOD…YES!!!!

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Hello, Karen, and thanks for your comments! Great observations about what is normal! We once had a “school” official ask us if we didn’t worry about socialization. We answered that, yes, we did, and that was why we removed them from the public schools. She knew exactly what we meant, and acknowledged we were right.
      She also said that if she had to begin working in a school, these days, she would not do it. She was that disenchanted with it all. I feel sorry for her. But not all are that honest.

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