New Living Translation
18 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 20 And they left their nets at once and followed him.
21 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. 22 They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
God called me to follow Him into homeschooling in 2007.
At the time, I had,
-A newborn son who required constant care.
-A non-verbal, sometimes violent, yet musically gifted daughter on the Autism Spectrum.
-A smart, social butterfly daughter who thrived being in the presence of a loving teacher & her very best friends every day in a public-school classroom.
-A natural born, strong-willed leader daughter who felt constant pressure from the system to perform a greater quantity of work in exchange of quality work.
Let me be perfectly clear: I did NOT want to be a homeschool mom! For heaven’s sake, I purposefully changed my major from Music Education to Mass Media Communications because I realized after talking to a long-time educator that I didn’t want to teach bratty kids, deal with ungrateful parents and fight an impossibly rigid public-school system. Plus, we had become a single income household after our 3rd daughter was born, so I logically concluded that we couldn’t afford to pay state taxes for public education AND pay for our children’s homeschool education!
So, I politely told God, “no.”
Several months (and many tears) later, I finally relented to HIS will.
New Living Translation
21 From then on Jesus[a] began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.
22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him[b] for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?[c] Is anything worth more than your soul?
I’ll spare you the gory details of what it has cost me to follow Him into homeschooling. But after 16 years, I say with absolute confidence, HE IS WORTH. IT. ALL!!!
Instead, my friend, I want to ask:
Did the Lord call you?!
IF the Lord called you to follow Him into homeschooling,
(not your spouse/kids/friends/self- wanting an alternative to public or private school)
THEN He will require you to:
- Give up YOUR way = time, talent, treasure
- Take up YOUR cross = train your children in the way they should go (not the way everyone else is going)
- Follow Him to YOUR death = as you teach your children, Jesus will teach you how to obey the Father; HIS Kingdom, HIS will, HIS way (not man’s kingdom, man’s will, man’s ways).
IF you chose to follow Him into homeschooling,
THEN you will be a servant who will suffer many terrible things at the hands of:
- “leading priests”
- “teachers of religious law”
Many won’t applaud or support your decision to homeschool. That’s ok. Please the Father, not people. He alone will judge us according to our deeds.
IF you will give up your life to follow Him into homeschooling,
THEN you will save it.
(Matthew 16: 25)
What needs to be saved in your life?
- Your spirit? (Salvation in Jesus)
- Your soul? (Mind, Will, Emotions)
- Your relationship with God? (Worshipping Him in Spirit & Truth)
- Your relationship with your husband? (Becoming One = body, soul, spirit)
- Your relationship with your kids? (Loving them from the overflow of love you receive from the Father)
The cost of homeschooling has been great in my life. But what I have gained far surpasses anything I’ve lost. I pray the same is true for you!
Please share your homeschool story with us! (Comment below)