One of the greatest temptations for homeschoolers is to make the family an idol that takes center place in all that we do. We have already chosen to sacrifice many things to the homeschooling lifestyle and have committed ourselves to discipling as well as educating our children. And while this is a high calling, one worthy of our time and energy, Jesus warns us that even our precious children are never to replace our relationship with Him. Homeschooling success should be the result of a lively and growing relationship with God rather than an end in and of itself, and we should continually examine our lives to be certain that this is true.
When we first began homeschooling, I can remember the Lord impressing on me one particular verse as a warning to rid my life of those things that would tempt me to be drawn away from both my commitment to Him and to a truly God-centered education for my children. 2 Corinthians 10:5 calls us to “destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
Over the years, I have struggled with many things that were imaginations and high places, lofty ideas and notions that I had that became more important to me than anything else, dreams and hopes and plans that were not necessarily evil or sinful or wrong but nonetheless things that were not part of God’s plan for my life. Sometimes they involved hopes for my children; sometimes they were plans for me and my life. Eventually and one by one, through God’s grace, He showed me how trusting in His sovereign plan for me and casting down anything that threatened to exalt itself above the Lord and obedience to Him was idolatry.
I pray that you will consider those dreams within your own hearts and measure them against this same standard!
from The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling ~ when the one anothers come home