Room For It All!

“Who can be wise, amazed, temp’rate, and furious,loyal and neutral, in a moment? No man.” MacBeth

Maybe not a man Macbeth, but a woman (or maybe it’s just me) can feel and flow with various emotions in one moment right?


As I watched my youngest daughter and her friend walk through the pretty park grasses towards the graffitied skate park I was struck again by our life lived with truth in tension.


Urban art meets natural beauty is like a prince and pauper story; we’re not sure if it could or should work, the image makes us somewhat uncomfortable and marrying the two seems unbearable. But here it is in front of our faces.

I see this tension slip so often into our understanding of the Charlotte Mason educational philosophy in the 21st century; we want to walk through the grasses but close our eyes to the graffiti; the problem is if we keep walking we’ll slam into it eventually! Maybe there’s room for it all?

Where do you feel the tension? Technology? Modern book choices? Rap music or growing independence? I know, I feel it too. But I’m growing to realise that the soil of the atmosphere I intentionally cultivate at home; the feast of books I lay out to choose from, the sounds that surround us, the conversation that simmers around the meal table, my interests and time well spent set my children’s feet in the grasses. 21st century life, art and culture is all kinds of crazy but it’s also pretty cool…and it’s when we happen to be alive, so let’s live it well with our eyes open, hearts huge and minds renewed. There’s room for it all.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect – Romans 12:2


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