I was looking through my old files on the laptop and found this paper I wrote for school my senior year. It isn’t really a formal essay but I thought I’d share it with you anyway.
A soon-to-be graduate gets asked many of questions. The most common one is, “What are you going to do? What college will you attend?” People want to know your plans for the future, for your life. I, as a coming graduate, have been asked these same questions over and over again. Many people will disagree with my decisions but I pray that I will always have the courage to stand on my convictions, for God’s glory and not my own.
I have decided that until such future time that I marry, Lord willing, I will stay under my parents roof. I believe that the home is the main sphere where women were created to serve. In Titus 2:3-5, the Word of God says, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” These verses tell us that women are to be keepers of the home and that this is a way to bring glory to God and his marvelous design. I also believe that a women is to be under the authority of a man because she was created to be a helper to man (Gen. 2:18, 1Tim. 2:13). She should be under her father’s authority if she is unmarried and when she marries the authority is transferred to her husband. This was not a result of the Fall of mankind into sin but it was a part of God’s plan from the beginning. The best place to prepare to be a helpmeet to my future husband is my parent’s home, where I can serve my family and learn from the union of my godly parents.
It is more important for me to stay home, under the discipleship of my mom and dad, than it is for me to leave that opportunity behind. My parents know me best and are the most capable people to train me in righteousness. They are just about the only people in the world who will confront me about my sin and keep me accountable. This is too precious a privilege to leave.
Therefore, I have also decided to follow a very non-traditional route to college, although more students are taking it these days. College education is extremely expensive and most people would agree that the depth of education isn’t worth the money you pay for it. College professors often promote socialism, feminism, and communism. However, most students still go this path because it is highly acceptable. In fact, when others want to know your plans, they ask what college you will attend, not if you will go to college. I have encountered strong disagreement with my college choice. I’m not saying a person sins if he or she goes to college, especially if they do so out of respect for their parents’ wishes, I would simply like to point out that there may be other, more profitable options. I’m working right now on earning a B.A. in History, mostly through CLEP tests that I study for independently and then take. Most tests, if passed, give the student 3 or 6 college credits for about $90, the cost of the test and administrative fee. I can earn most of my credits through these tests and then I plan to finish up with online courses. The advantages of this system are many. I can set my own pace and still be involved with my family and church because my schedule can be as flexible as I choose. Also, I have the privilege to have my parents there to help me discern and encourage me on.
This coming year, I’ll be able to aid my family in new ways. I’ll be helping watch my littlest sibling more and I’ll even be helping with some of the schooling of my siblings. My mom and dad have asked me to take over the kitchen this year. This will include budget planning, menu planning, shopping, and cleaning. I will not prepare every meal but I will be much more involved than before. This will be the first time I have done anything like this and it will give me invaluable skills for when, and if, I get married. I hope I am up to the challenge!
I will also be able to be more involved in my church and homeschool co-op. This summer, I will be teaching a VBS class for preschoolers at my church. Perhaps in the future, I will be able to visit sick or elderly persons, help in the nursery, or maybe teach a Sunday School class. I do not know what the Lord will place before me. This coming school year, I will also be teaching a sign language class at my homeschool group. ASL was my foreign language for high school and I am so glad to be able to share it with others. I might also be teaching other classes on first aid and game skills.
On June 4th, 2011, I will graduate from high school. Ever since my first day of kindergarten, I’ve looked forward to that day. For a long time, it was not a distinct day, but a distant time. Now, however, I have hardly a month before that long-awaited day and I am so excited! After graduation, I will have countless opportunities to minister in ways I couldn’t before. I pray I will use my time in the way that will bring the most honor to my Lord. I pray that He will give me the grace to glorify Him in all I do and to worship and enjoy Him forever.