Sow a thought and you reap an action;
sow an act and you reap a habit;
sow a habit and you reap a character;
sow a character and you reap a destiny.
I was recently reminded of this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote by a parent. It is certainly part of that ancient/received wisdom that has informed how people live for many generations.
It is also a wonderful complement to the following classic quote from Charlotte Mason:
if we fail to ease life by laying down habits of right thinking and right acting, habits of wrong thinking and wrong acting fix themselves of their own accord.
In my time at RMCA, we have seen the perennial opportunity that every child and adult has through habits and the whole understanding that the will, desire, and love plays in the formation of who we are and what we are about. While every educational institution addresses some aspect of this perspective, I have come to realize that there are very few that have the intentional priorities, enduring sources, and consistent support that a school like RMCA has.
If each of us is truly measured by our 'loves,' and that those loves are based on a lifetime of habits, decisions, and character, then it stands to reason that a child's primary formative experiences in the home, the church, and the school, are effective to the extent that they cooperate in that goal of growth.
I encourage each of us to continue to take joy in the good work that is set before us. God is more than able and willing to meet us where we are and to grow us and our children in His Likeness.
May we continue to grow in prioritizing true priorities of habits, character, and discipleship in all of our relationships.