Clay and me with a few of the grands at the WW 1 Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Author Nancy Pearcy recently described homeschoolers as “the ultimate do-it-yourselfers. They are self-motivated and self-directed, independent-minded and creative. They are not content to turn the education of their children over to the government.”
I know this is true! I never cease to be amazed at the dreams homeschooling parents turn into reality in order to meet the educational needs of their children! Many develop learning opportunities for children with special needs. Others design lessons that will reach the hearts and minds of any number of children all under one roof, all different ages and abilities, all with varied interests and gifts, and typically all living on one income! And all of them make life and learning happen in the midst of what seems like an impossible life to those on the outside looking in!
I believe it happens because they have sensed an amazing call and are willing to be used by the Lord to raise children for His glory alone! Deuteronomy 6:1-9 paints a picture for us of what this looked like for the children of Israel: “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
I believe this is what it should look like in Christian homes today! It begins as we purpose to love God with our whole hearts, souls, and might. It continues as we love our neighbors as ourselves, especially the little neighbors who live in our own homes! It blossoms when we teach our children diligently from the very moment they wake up, all through the day as we live ordinary life in our own homes, as we run errands and accomplish daily tasks, and again as we tuck our precious children into bed at night! The Hebrew word for diligent implies that we do these things with precision and purpose, striving to hit the mark as we prepare our children for spiritual battle. We are to wear our Christianity every day, all day long, reminding our children that we are set apart and that we belong to the one true living God! There is no more effective way to obey these commands than to homeschool our children. There is no better teacher fit for the task than a child’s own parent!