Friday, April 25, 2008

Lessons Learned

This week Isaac and I were reading from one of his Read-Aloud books (we use Sonlight Curriculum which has the parent read books aloud to their children). We are reading a book called "Little Britches" by Ralph Moody. It is about a young boy named Ralph and his family. In 1906 they move from New Hampshire to a Colorado Ranch. In the chapter we were reading, Ralph had made some bad decisions and was facing discipline from his father. The following paragraph sparked a wonderful discussion between Isaac and I.

"Son, there is no question but what the thing you have done today deserves severe punishment. You might have killed yourself or the horse, but much worse than that, you have injured your own character. A man's character is like his house. If he tears boards off his house and burns them to keep himself warm and comfortable, his house soon becomes a ruin. If he tells lies to be able to do things he shouldn't do but wants to, his character will soon become a ruin. A man with a ruined character is a shame on the face of the earth."

This illustration really hit home with Isaac and he honestly admitted that he sometimes tarnishes his character by telling lies. I have been praying that he would understand and acknowledge the importance of honesty. I think it made a big impact because in the past week he has made two comments about earning and keeping the trust of others. I am so blessed to have so many wonderful books to read from that lead us into meaningful and life changing discussions. Kudos go to Sonlight for choosing another awesome Read-Aloud book!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Isn't it wonderful when something like a story helps drive home a point that we have been wanting our loved ones to understand. Brian and I lovingly refer to that as third party confirmation. No need to harp, no desire to say, "I told you so!"- it's just laid out in bare, simple truth. Much easier to swallow, i think. And I think it stays with you longer too. So glad Isaac has had this opportunity!


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