For school today we were discussing methods of teaching and churching. Specifically we were exploring the many benefits of mixing ages, abilities and interests for mutual learning and edification. The analogy that came to mind as I explained it was that we each have a color. As we interact with one another, we share our color.
At some point, we are asked to paint a picture. If we are limited to all pinks (if our interactions happened to be limited to ten year old little girls, for example), creating a vibrant landscape would be a challenge. But if we were able to meet with people of many ages and with a variety of experiences, we not only would collect a beautiful range of colors in a wide variety of tints and hues, but we would be able to create brand new colors by mixing what we had gained from others.
I am so glad that we have been able to expose our children to many colors and I pray that they will encounter so very many more!