Academic Excellence or Spiritual dependency?
begin home schooling our children with the notion that academic excellence is
of high significant value. I would have to respectfully disagree with that. I
believe that educating a child is a huge responsibility, but as Christians the
greater calling is to raise a child who loves The Lord. Raising a child who loves the Lord is the most significant part of home schooling a child. We tend to get it all mixed up from the beginning.
conditions us to think that knowledge equals worth. Remember What Paul said in Philippians 3:8 ? Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ. What about 1 Cor. ?
---“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”---
A person can have all
the knowledge they want but it will puff them up like a marshmallow. They may
be of value in the world, but not in Gods kingdom.
---1 Cor. 13 says, If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.---
I have a child who is excellent in every subject, a self learner (praise God) and as useful as that may be its not what I put the highest value on. We have learned that God brings experiences in life that brings out the character and teaches us about humility, integrity, compassion, love, and forgiveness. This is the excellence in home schooling.
Remember, It's all a sounding gong without love. We all have beautiful gifts
that are natural and spiritual. We should all sharpen those gifts and not be
afraid to ask for the gift of Gods Holy Spirit. We can be used mightily in Gods
kingdom, but without love there can be dangers with our gifts. Pride creeps in and we tend to see ourselves above others who may not have the same gifts that we possess. Our character flies out the door and when we talk we sound like the nails on a chalk board.
Personally, God has given me the gift of being able to remember scripture and dissect His Word and comprehend it very well. I believe God gave me this gift because of the cult background I came from. However what value is it if I'm not learning humility, love, and respect? If I'm up on all my current events, and have
insight about something that no one else has, but lack gods love, it’s
We certainly live in a self absorbed world, as a society we have become more narcissistic in nature. A dependency on Gods wisdom has become a second resort. His wisdom is different from worldly wisdom and even a "lifetime"of worldly experience. Young Solomon asked for Gods wisdom, and in James (1:5). If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. We are encouraged to ask god for HIS wisdom.
The reality is wisdom is a great thing we hope to pass to our children. So what should our priorities be if we believe that homeschooling is a ministry, as
opposed to academic endeavor making sure they go to college? It can be a
huge mistake if we think our kids need to simply cook, sew, play an instrument,
and learn how to sing, spell, read, and write, wanting them to learn and memorize hundreds of scriptures. Then they begin to feel inadequate when they fail or make a mistake. They live in legalism and condemnation and never learn the grace of God. The curriculum becomes a god, and we end up trying to live our dreams through our children rather than allowing them to be placed in Gods perfect plan. We expect these kids to be so well rounded that they strive to be square pegs. Rebellion sets in and we wonder why. I'm not getting preachy, I'm talking to myself, and sharing by experience this unrealistic expectation on my own children and writing this by the prompting of Gods Spirit.
We wonder why our homeschooling kids constantly test the boundaries. For one they are kids and second, allot of us have set the bar too high. Lately a few of my fellow homeschooling friends have been sharing this phrase - “God will fill in the gaps”. We should do our best onto Him by the power of His Spirit and for His glory. Colossians says, And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Things will go wrong and that's ok. The Christian road is tough. This world is scary. My belief is that homeschooling is a privilege, and a calling. I share with people that I don't believe “home school is the way the truth and the life.” Sometimes we can get this notion that our kids will be better than the kids in public school. Not so. I've seen many home school kids go the worldly way, and many public school kids go the way of The Lord. So as Christians should we be homeschooling so we can preach excellence in education? If that is the only goal of homeschooling then we are in trouble as christians. If we are called in anything, we have to fully depend on the Lord, and should teach our children to do the same.
If our children are called to push a broom for minimum wage with a full dependency on and love for the Lord, then that is true success. If our children are called to serve the president as ambassador, but without a strong dependency on the Lord, as great as the world may see this, it is of no eternal value. When our kids start driving, they need dependency on the Lord. When they have to get up every morning to go to a mundane job, they will need dependency on the Lord. When they get a flat tire, or when the car breaks down, or when they aren’t getting along with the spouse, or when their child is sick, when they are taking an important test, or when their own children go wayward they will need to depend on the Lord. Prove 3:5. The Lord is putting it on my heart to teach excellence in dependence on HIM and HIS wisdom. (John 15) I think the expectation for home school kids can be overwhelming to them and actually turn them away from not only wanting to be taught by the parent, but also to follow and depend on The Lord.
May The Lord BE our wisdom as we fulfill the calling He has placed in our lives, unto His glory and for His purpose.