From Tapestry of Grace
1 Corinthians 8:1 says: Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.
This page is a loving reminder of the WHY in our Home School. We can so easily get caught up in "how" and in "performance"--ours and our children's. This page is meant to bring both conviction and comfort, offering the plumb line of Scripture as a measure and guide to all of us as we walk this road together.
In embarking on any endeavor, it is best to know what your END is. Just WHY are you home schooling?
It's worth thinking through, because your END for home schooling will, in many ways, influence the means you choose to arrive at your goal.
Here are some more good questions to ponder:
When I feel anxious about my role as a home educator, which of the below does my mind fly to FIRST as my primary inadequacies?
Your anxieties reveal your priorities. Your priorities will determine your actions. Our flesh screams for temporal efficiency and measurable progress. What is the Spirit concerned with today?
Another set of questions to ask daily, or weekly:
As I examine my life, am I consistently keeping the MAIN THING (my relationship with Jesus Christ) the main thing, or do I compromise in some of these ways:
Sobering indeed is Luke 6:40
A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Let us educate our children with reverent fear of the Lord, not self-righteous pride, remembering James 3:1-2
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.
Clearly, we are called to teach our children. But, we should seek to grow in grace, humility, patience, and longsuffering, remembering that since we have been forgiven of all our sins, we should easily and quickly forgive the sins and failings of our beloved children and spouses. Kindness, humility, patience, and faith will produce far sweeter fruit than strict discipline, angry corrections, impatience with slow learning or character failures, or even the perfect plan of study! Below is my favorite passage for meditation so that I can be aligned with God's view of my children:
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
"Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
"The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
"But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.
"His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
"But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened.
"Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.
"This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."
It is our firm belief that the curriculum you choose will not, in the end, make you a successful home schooler. This is especially true if your goal is primarily to impart knowledge (defined for the purposes of this page as academic knowledge) and not love, as biblically defined. Below are some scriptures and questions that we rely on regularly to measure the success of our home school.
Grace-filled home schooling involves reminding ourselves regularly that sanctification is more important that the mere acquisition of academic knowledge; indeed, academics are merely a means of revealing our children's degree of sanctification: the fruit of love. In the end, success is measured by whether or not we produce loving disciples who can articulate their faith and serve the purposes of God in their generation. A well-kept secret is that our children are not the only ones sanctified in the home-schooling process. God is working on parents, too! We can take infinite comfort from the following Scriptures after soberly assessing our need for a Savior:
Written by Marcia Somerville, author of Tapestry of Grace
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