Our granddaughter, Abigail (12), asked if Teri would edit a report she wrote on a classic, short story. Teri edited and commented on it and set it on the counter for Abby to pick up. Since the report was facedown with the last page up, which contained Abigail’s summary paragraph, I read those three neatly, handwritten lines. I was delighted and amazed by what Abigail said. Here it is:
“While this story is interesting, it has no value. It does not teach the reader anything. So, while it does entertain you, you are not any wiser, and you have not learned anything while reading this story.”
Today entertainment is often the goal and justification for many (most?) children’s activities. I wish I’d had the wisdom at Abby’s age to evaluate the things I was spending my time on growing up as to whether they would help me grow in wisdom. Way to go Nathan and Melanie (Abby’s parents)!
“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient” (1 Corinthians 6:12).