While considering Biblical and unbiblical values, we were talking about intelligence.
Is intelligence in and of itself of eternal value? Just like a great musical or sports gift, is intelligence in itself something to be praised or revered? – or is intelligence the potential to perform or create something of eternal value, to make a meaningful contribution, to be a blessing to others, to be a part of God’s great plan? We need to consider our world-view and its impact on our lives in all areas. What message are we sending in our schools and in our culture / society.
Those with so-called “lower IQ” are certainly not of any less worth or value than those with higher IQ. Our intelligence is a gift from God of potential that can be realised as He leads us – or can be left unrealised.
Handsome hubby and I will never allow our children to be labelled by having an IQ test. We want them to value Godliness – character, strength of heart, goodness, integrity, courage, temperance, perseverence . We want them to value what God values – and to realise that God works those things in us.
Perhaps it is pride that causes us to value intelligence so highly – an easy way to measure ourselves better than others.
Intelligence is of great value if used to fulfil God’s plan and purpose for our lives, if used to create things, inventions, innovations, teaching – these are all wonderful gifts that mirror our creator as we are created in His image – But we need to be careful what we praise in our children. Do we value and praise their intelligence above all else – or do we teach them the value of that intelligence in being a blessing to others and to this world and in fulfilling their God-given potential. Do we say “Wow – you are so clever!” Do we show that we value their character above their intelligence? Could they ever feel that their worth comes from their intelligence? Do we remind them that God looks at the heart?
What do we invest our time into developing in our children? Is it a whole lot of activities to develop their intellectual or physical abilities or is it time spent on developing character, learning to serve others, learning to work hard, learning to love God, to love life, to love others and to love learning along the way!
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” 1 Peter 1v5-9