Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Oops. I Almost Did It Again.
Well, I almost did it. Again.
Sounds like a song I wish I didn't know the lyrics to . . .
Anyhow. I almost got caught up in the trap of comparing myself and our journey to the journey of other families. In particular, the journeys of other home schooling families.
Recently, as I was contemplating the school year and curriculum, I was persuaded by several other well-intentioned adults that my child needed a particular class. I quickly realized that the cost was prohibitive for our family. Just couldn't do it. Not only could I not afford the class, but it involved a time commitment that I could not in good conscience allow.
The problem was not that others persuaded me that my child needed this class. He could benefit greatly from a class that developed these particular skills. The problem was the guilt I felt over not being able to put my child in THAT class. The class that everyone else is taking or has taken in the past. My, oh my, what we put ourselves through when we compare our lives with the lives of others . . . We are not meant to live our lives the way others live their lives. We are meant to live our lives so that God is glorified. And that just might look different for each family. No one will have the same journey or be called to live out the same details as another family.
The best part of all is that:
I don't have to explain my reasoning to anyone else.
I don't have to justify my decision to anyone else.
And good gracious, I certainly don't have to feel guilty over it!
The bottom line is that I had to take a step back and remind myself why I home school. It's not to adhere to a secular worldview of what kids "need to know" these days. One reason I home school is to avoid the secularization of my children. I want my children to live each aspect of their lives through a Biblical world view. No compartmentalization. No compromise.
But the biggest reason I home school is to teach my children to love the Lord our God with all their heart, soul, strength and mind. To love others the way Jesus loves us. And to be spiritually strong, emotionally healthy, responsible adults who find their security, not in this world, but in Christ alone.
In Christ Alone . . .
Now there's a set of song lyrics I can get behind.
Counting it all joy,