Monday Mottoes – #123
Education need not be complex to be excellent, in my opinion. My husband and I believe in advanced degrees and lifelong learning and teaching our children every opportunity we have. That’s not so different from hundreds of years ago when education was serious and minds well-exercised.
Today I’m considering John Wesley, an Anglican minister, who along his brother Charles and George Whitefield, started the Methodist movement. His life spanned every decade of the 1700s, the fifteenth child in a family of nineteen births, with nine surviving the first year or two. He became a voice for change both in England and in America, traveling and preaching outdoors from place to place.
During his time, families that could, personally educated their children, all of whom were taught to read in English, Latin, and Greek as soon as they were talking. They memorized large portions of the New Testament. Mothers would examine the children one by one at noon and in the evening, to ensure that they were progressing in their studies. By age 11, Wesley moved on to a more advanced school.
What did all of this studying and spiritual life teach him? To honor God and help mankind. Listen to this amazing quote of his which reverberates across the centuries:
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” ~John Wesley
May that be our motto today and for our entire life.
Happy Monday, everyone!