The Bible says many things about many things. It seems reasonable to believe that all the eternally important things ARE in the Bible. The rest, though meaningful, is not in the same category of importance. I have interacted with many confessing Christians who regularly elevate things not in the Bible to apocalyptic importance. Like kids and careers.
What about goals for our children? Into what should we be aiming our children? Back in the day of my youth and exuberance, college was it. I-T. It was the goal, it was the done deal, it was what was expected, it was the topic of conversation, it was the object of ridicule etc., etc. Few were the ones who did not go to college. Fewer were the ones who admitted that they really didn’t want to go.
That was then. This is now. Now, I have children. The conversations I have about college these days are far different than they used to be. I remember talking to a friend who didn’t ever go to college but seemed to be fitting into God’s plan just fine and thinking, “whoa, she didn’t go to college.” That was the beginning of a conversation that endures regarding my kids and college. Now, I’m not quite there yet so even these musings are theoretical.
Here’s an interesting article: Is College the Only Option?
I guess the question is should we just assume that university is a done deal for our children? “Of course he’s going to college!” “Why, as soon as she graduates she’s off to college!” That brings me back to how I started: the Bible and college. Hmmm. Strangely silent. In fact, the silence is eerie. The Bible does not tell me I must train my children to go to college. It does not tell me that the key to my child’s future is college.
Instead, the world tells me that college is the place where 2/3 of churched children reject the faith they know. If that is true, that’s a big deal. There are surely many reasons for that tragic statistic but it isn’t necessarily reason not to send our kids to college. God’s path for His children is often a valley that feels like death (see Psalm 23).
Parents are to prepare our children for the tasks that God has set before them. That may mean sending them to college. It may not. We must certainly should ask God if college is His plan for our children. Of course, there are practical reasons to ask the question as the linked article tells us. But, the greater question regards just to what is God calling our children? We must pray and ask!