"Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
Shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him."
~ Psalm 126:5-6
There are many ways that God's people invest in the future, and we are indeed called to invest in the future. God's covenant with His children not only runs through the ages, it runs through eternity. One of those many ways of investing in the future is through the education of children, and that's where my particular emphasis has been; specifically in Christian Classical Education.
Christian Classical education has enjoyed a revival in America in the last 20-plus years, and it's revival hasn't been without a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears. So, as I read this passage in Psalms, I am encouraged to continue persevering, for we are promised fruit for our labor. However, we should also note that the seed with which we sow had to come from somewhere. Indeed, we ourselves are the fruit of the labors of those who've gone before. Skipping rapidly through the centuries, we can look as far back as Augustine to Gerhard Groote, and then Abraham Kuyper to see the faithfulness of those who've gone before. So, as we labor and toil and suffer setbacks, remember that the seed we carry came from previous fruit; and that seed will again bear fruit to produce seed for future laborers. Thus, is the Kingdom of God built; thus the reason we strive so diligently to raise up Christian, cultural leaders. May God bless the work of those hands.