Onward Christian Homeschool Soldier
As a homeschool mom since 1992, I have often been referred to as a “veteran” homeschooler. Whenever I hear the word “veteran,” my thoughts immediately turn to veterans of foreign wars. My hometown has an annual Memorial Day parade. When I hear the word “veteran,” I picture the local veterans of foreign wars proudly marching down the middle of Main Street.
In a very real sense, all seasoned Christians are veterans (def.: “old” soldiers of long service) of a foreign war. Ephesians 6:10-18 clearly describes Christians as being involved in an ongoing battle. Yet, we know our battle is not “…against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (v. 12, NASB). Likewise, Scripture describes Christians as being foreigners in this world, sojourners traveling through this land on our way to our real destination – heaven (Philippians 3:20). In reality then, seasoned Christians are veterans of an ongoing foreign war – a war that will only end upon the return of Jesus Christ.
As a seasoned Christian homeschool mom, the concept of my being a veteran of a foreign war is brought to a whole new level. Being with “my” children day in and day out, practically 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, I cannot ever afford the luxury of taking a temporary leave from my post; my post being that of a vigilant soldier who is responsible for leading, teaching, and guarding my children. The instant I lose my focus and attempt to take a breather, I can be sure a fiery dart from the evil one will sail through that weak spot in my armor.
So, what steps do I take to strive to maintain a high level of vigilance as a Christian homeschool soldier without my growing faint and weary? First, I acknowledge the Lord is the very source of every breath I take and every step I make along my homeschool journey. Without Him I am nothing; with Him, I can do all things He has called me to do. Second, I place God’s Word above all other homeschool curriculum. If we accomplish no other studies in our day than the study of God’s Word, then we have still accomplished all that matters from an eternal perspective. That is not to say we only study God’s Word each day, but it is to say our priority is the study of God’s Word. Third, we strive to open our days with a time of worship, praise, and prayer so we can better focus on the real purpose of education – to learn more about our Creator so we may draw closer to Him and be molded more closely into His image.
To be honest, I have not always been in such a place of peace in my homeschool days. The years of a baby in my belly, a baby on my hip, a toddler clinging at my leg, and one to three more being formally homeschooled were my toughest years. It took my crying out to the Lord many years ago in the midst of my greatest struggles for the Lord to show me a Scripture that would give me the peace for which I was looking.
I still remember my cries to the Lord. I was so hung up on meeting man’s standards that I was fearful I was doing my children a disservice by homeschooling them. What if I wasn’t teaching them everything they needed to know to be able to pass man’s tests? What if I was ruining them for life by not being a better teacher? What if…what if…what if? In the midst of my “what if syndrome,” the Lord spoke to me through Daniel 1:17 & 20 – “And as for these four youths, God gave them knowledge and intelligence in every branch of literature and wisdom…And as for every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better…” (NASB)
The Lord showed me so clearly that all wisdom and intelligence and understanding come from Him. I am not responsible for churning out super-intelligent children. Instead, I am responsible for my obedience in teaching my children the ways of the Lord. The Lord alone is responsible for the results of my obedience as a Christian homeschool mom.