Sailing – for the Homeschool Mum (Part 5)
Homeschooling is a decision that no family takes lightly. It is a decision that affects every area of your life and the life of your children. It is a brave decision. Once the decision is made though – we need to continue to be brave.
You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore – Christopher Columbus
To be honest I started out thinking on this above quote thinking how sometimes we have to push away from the norm, which takes courage, in order to homeschool. Sometimes we don’t know where we are going to land, where the journey is going to end and yet we push forward doing the next thing in front of us. We have to be brave.
And then this Bible verse popped up in my Instagram feed: Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong. 1 Cor 16:13
And I knew I had to break this sailing theme to reflect on this verse. You see, though we do need to be brave in terms of our physical world the truth is there is more at stake than our choice to homeschool and all that this decision brings.
Paul is reminding these early Christians what is really important – and we too need to take this reminder to heart. He was reminding them, encouraging them:
- To remember that their faith is based on Jesus Christ
- To stand firm in what they believed, to grow strong and not be weak
- To hold onto their faith regardless of what was happening around them
- and to do everything in love
When we read this verse it is all too easy to take it out of context and apply it to our homeschool. To stand firm in what we believe about our homeschooling. But that is not what Paul is saying here – Paul is encouraging these Christians to remember that their salvation is in Jesus. In a time when there were different teachers influencing the people of Corinth – and it would have been easy for them to be distracted from the truth, to start putting their faith in other things, to accept the status quo, even to be argumentative and divisive – Paul reminded them that this wasn’t the way to go.
Remember that your faith is based on Jesus Christ.
We are to stand firm in this faith.
This faith drives us to do all in love.
We can start to feel secure in our decision to homeschool; we have the ability to direct who and what influences our children, we are with them so much of the time – surely all will be good.
But homeschooling won’t save our children. Homeschooling won’t ensure our children walk with Jesus. Our faith must be rooted in the truth of Jesus.
From that place of faith in Jesus, that Jesus is my salvation, that Jesus is my Lord – I walk through my day, doing everything in love, relying on the Holy Spirit for wisdom, strength and peace. It is from this place I can be a mother, a homeschool mum, to my children. When I remember that Jesus is the most important thing it will shape my decisions about how to spend my time, energy, money as we homeschool the kids.
One of the bravest decisions I made – and I say that because it was contrary to the normal practice of the day – was to spend 1-2 hours a day in our primary school years focusing on God, who he is and what he says. This included personal devotion, family devotion and Bible study. It seems like a lot – and it was, and it meant that we couldn’t spend as much time on Science, or History, or Geography. But I wanted my children to know God. I wanted them to know how important his word was to me. I wanted them to know his word and apply it in their life. It was a very conscious decision, one that kept me prayerful – I wanted my children to know Jesus personally, before they became an expert in any other sphere of life.
We must be brave enough to be a homeschool mum who puts her faith first. I am not saying to copy my decision – that was my faith based decision and one of many. The challenge is for us all to put Jesus first in every decision, and every decision making process. We cannot compartmentalise our faith and our homeschool. This is a brave step – it takes courage to let our faith be the premise for making all our decisions for our family. But it is what it means to have Jesus as your Lord.
Psalm 31:24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord. (AMP)
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