August 2021- Best Abilities
"And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring
it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6
At the end of every school year, one of the requirements for my homeschooled children is to have a certified teacher sign off on an academic assessment. The form states samples of work were reviewed, and the child is performing “in accordance with his/her abilities”. As a mom of lots of kids, I love this statement. You see, I have a child who is almost a full year ahead in math, another who struggles with spelling, one who can memorize random facts, and another who declares he cannot read regularly – even though he can. Their portfolio samples from the same grades all look different, and there is nothing wrong with those differences.
I started thinking about this recently when reviewing some action plans for various Harvest House ladies. Their struggles and needs are all quite different. Their strengths and achievements are different as well. It would be foolish to hand them all the same standard for living right out of the gate and expect them to excel. Imagine a checklist including new housing, transportation, and a GED when right now, putting a meal on the table is the next major goal. One needs to find stable housing, another needs to figure out a plan to pay for college – one needs to focus on wise money choices, another needs tutoring for her math GED.
I am thankful I do not have to try to force these ladies into a cookie cutter mold. Some would never make it, and some would excel, but not at the right things. These women are so unique, and it is a joy to figure out where they are and where they want to end up. Then, together we can plot a course to get there. We do not panic when the course gets rough or trouble comes – we simply adjust and keep pressing on, in accordance with her abilities.
Aaron and Elizabeth Kilby