With a Whole Heart

The different moods music can convey never cease to amaze me. Music can be happy, woeful, eager, mournful, exhilarating–the list could go on. Each piece, when played with feeling and a full heart, conveys emotion and meaning.

Yet I have found that those same pieces can also sound like empty noise. There have been days when I’ve mechanically hit notes with my thoughts and mind a thousand miles away. At those times, my music lacks life–and I miss out on the joy of really playing.

In Ecclesiastes, the Bible urges us to do whatever we undertake with all our might. We’re to play each moment–each task the Lord brings–with our whole heart as unto Him, rather than merely mechanically making it through the “notes” of life.

“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

It’s very easy to miss out on the joy of playing full heartedly–to fail to enter fully into whatever the Lord brings. Perhaps our minds begin to worry or fear about the future. Perhaps we begin to think about what people think rather than simply playing the music the Lord has given us. Perhaps we allow discontent with the “song” before us to creep in and waste the moments wishing we could play something else.

Life is too short to waste–let’s not miss out on enjoying and playing with a full heart the music God has given us today.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;” Colossians 3:23

An Article on Mathematics Education Worth Reading

A reader recently shared with me an article on teaching math titled “A Generous Education in Mathematics” (by Alice Horrocks). I found the article refreshing, as it echoed many of my own sentiments.

Written by a Ph.D. in math who has taught at the university level and is now homeschooling her children, the article encourages parents to see math as much more than memorization and skills. It shows how teaching math in a way more connected with history and life–which I would add is the natural outcome of embracing a biblical perspective toward math–leads toward the type of math education we ought to be providing.

After discussing what constitutes true education in math, the article explores what math is (including a paragraph about how “math is a description of the order God has put into His creation”) and some practical ways to truly educate children in math. I particularly liked the article’s comparison of math to music. Much as you would not want to just teach children musical scales, you would not want to just teach children to memorize times tables. Math, like music, should be more than drills.

You can read the article in Volume 1, Issue 3 of Magnanimity: A Charlotte Mason and Classical Education Newsletter. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

(To Mrs. P, thank you again for sending me this link.)