We watched all six parts of the one-hour BBC documentary on Deborah Drapper. I encourage all of you to watch them as well. To make it easier, here are the links to part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
We found this video really interesting and even inspiring. Some things that struck us are:
1. We could think that this girl is a little over-the-top, and weird, but I was impressed because she is only thirteen, and so sure of her convictions and zealous for what she believes.
2. I was impressed by her single-mindedness and obvious love for Jesus.
3. She was obviously living as one who has 'eternity in her heart'
4. I was also impressed by the parents. For example, in the discussion on home-schooling, the father talked about how much there was that he and his wife wanted to teach the children, but if they went to school and then to tuitions and other activities, they would be away from early morning to late in the evening. He asked how it would be possible to train the children to love Jesus and live for Him if they were being brought up by the State.
5. When the interviewer asked him what he wanted to train his children for, he replied, "For eternity." That is not the reply I would have thought of. I would have said something about them learning to be independent and able to fend for themselves in this world, educated and able to do well professionally, etc, with some mention about them coming to love Jesus and live for Him. His answer is actually much more important, because, as Rick Warren says, the whole purpose of life on earth is to prepare us for eternity.
6. I was impressed at the quality of the family-prayers.
7. I was also impressed that BBC merely reported, without offering their opinion or viewpoint.
I know Deborah Drapper is young and has a long way to grow. I pray that she may be kept in humility and a right spirit, and that God may continue to be glorified in her life