For history in school we have been studying ancient civilizations, so this week we are covering China. We were studying Confucius today, and I have to say, we could actually learn a lot from his wise sayings. BUT, as we discussed some of his most famous sayings I was sure to point my kids back to the Bible and what it teaches us. 🙂
Here’s just a little about Confucius, so you can see where I’m going with this. (taken from http://www.china-family-adventure.com/who-was-confucius.html )
He lived in Ancient China during the Zhou Dynasty.
Confucius was a government official, and during his lifetime (he lived from 551 to 479 B.C.) he saw growing disorder and chaos in the system.
Perhaps due to the turmoil and injustices he saw, he set himself to develop a new moral code based on respect, honesty, education, kindness and strong family bonds.
His teachings later became the basis for religious and moral life throughout China.
Do you see any similarities to our government today as to what Confucius saw during his day?? Growing disorder and chaos in the system…well that’s us right now isn’t it?!? Anyway, do you see the moral code he established? RESPECT. HONESTY. EDUCATION. KINDNESS. STRONG FAMILY BONDS. The thing that stuck out the most to me was STRONG FAMILY BONDS! From the time of Adam and Eve, God has established the family; a husband, wife, and children. How is our world going to be any different than it is if we’re not teaching our children, by example, how to live like Christ? In the home is where kids learn respect, honesty, kindness, and in our case get their education.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
–Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
As believers and followers of Jesus we are to express LOVE, JOY, PEACE, FORBEARANCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, and SELF-CONTROL! This can be REALLY hard to do sometimes! Did I want to express KINDNESS to the lady that blew her horn at me when she was actually in the wrong, of course not! But, I did. Should I practice more GENTLENESS in the way I speak to my kids during an extremely frustrating situation? Absolutely! We are not perfect and cannot always exhibit these qualities, but that should be our goal. I desire for my home to be full of sweet smelling fruit that stays perfectly ripe until eaten. NOT the fruit that turns brown with rotten spots before you even get home from the store, that eventually swarms with gnats!
So, we did learn that Confucius was a pretty wise man, and he probably didn’t realize that he was setting up a moral code for the people of China that was actually founded by God Himself a LONG time before this. 🙂
May my home and yours be filled with ripe, thriving fruit, and the gnats stay away!