One of the primary reasons, if not THE primary reason that we homeschool is because of Deuteronomy chapter six. It’s a familiar verse; we’ve all heard it. Teach these things… diligently… as you walk by the way, lie down, rise up. Basically all day, every day. Do it. I can’t do that if my kids are out of the house and committed to work and projects to school after classes for the majority of their waking hours. I don’t believe it is a sin to outsource our childrens’ education. I think I need to make that clear up front. However, I don’t see how I can do it without having them around TO do it.
But then the question arises. They’re here. All day. Every day. We do the math, the grammar, the science, the history, the spelling, and even… the Bible. Yes!! But can I say that I do it on a continual basis? Is it such a part of our lives that I can stand before the Lord and say that I “diligently t[aught] them to [my] children?” Unfortunately, I don’t think so. I’m not proud of that. What’s the point of doing the hard work (and believe me, it’s hard work) of rearing these children, educating them at home, and not doing the one thing that prompted the whole commitment in the first place? Why do my kids know more about this movie or that book than they do about THE Book and the One who wrote it? How did I let this happen?
Part of me says, “Who cares? Just fix it. Quit spending your time dredging up ideas of how things should have been and where you went wrong. Just get in there and make the changes.” It’s a good argument. However, if you don’t know how you got somewhere, how will you know how to avoid it (or repeat it if it’s a good thing) the next time? There needs to be a balance between introspection and action. My problem? I have a bad habit of getting bogged down in the mental and forgetting the practical. I need a bit of both.
The wonderful part of it all is that “His mercies are new every morning.” Or, in the words of Anne Shirley, “Tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes in it.” I love that. I am grateful to know that I will wake up tomorrow with another chance to wrap my children in the Word of God– to help them spend more time with Jesus and less time with things that’ll pass away someday– if their interest lasts past tomorrow.
I want to make sure to turn off media, focus on the Word, and make sure that they know what they need to know about what God has said is important for their lives.
I can’t get back yesterday, but I can live today to the glory of God– and teach my children diligently as we walk by the way, as we lie down, and as we rise up.
Maybe I’ll reread R.C.Sproul Jr.’s book as well. It’s wonderfully encouraging and convicting. Yeah. I’m going to add that to my pile too.