As educators our desire is for students to be led to use their minds in such a way as to think, truly think. Their minds are not to be simply filled with facts and formulas, but stretched to learn how to reason, ask good “how” and “why” questions, to explore multifaceted avenues, and come to their own sound conclusions based on their queries. That is where the brilliance of a thinking mind begins to take root and grow. However, left with a brilliant mind alone little good will come. Indeed, some may argue that a brilliant mind left alone will conspire great evil with a self-indulgent, self-promoting life. At the other spectrum a compassionate heart that lacks the thinking mind can often do more damage than good.
As parents a good education tops our list of important things we desire for our children. However, the education and thinking mind should not trump that of cultivating compassionate hearts. In fact, the greatest of minds think compassionately and act on it.
Oh to think of where one can go, the difference one can make when that of a thinking mind is coupled with a compassionate heart. It has been my joy to watch social media this summer as so many of our Oakbrook families are living this out…the cultivating of compassionate hearts through servant hands!
From serving the inner city of Spartanburg county to building and sending children to school in Nicaragua, leading children’s camps in India, and loving on destitute children in Uganda – parents leading the way serving alongside their children.
One of the greatest investments of time a family can make is that of serving others together.
While we will continue to challenge and grow their minds through education and study, let’s continue to provide opportunities near and far for compassionate hearts to grow through serving others. Rene Descartes said, “It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.” I will add to it…”for the sake of others.”
You do not have to take your children across the globe to serve . You can serve your neighbor, meet a need down the street, visit the widows and love the orphans in your own hometown.
Go. Serve together. “Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13