Over the years I’ve been frequently asked, “Why do you homeschool?”
My answers have changed over the years, but here’s why I began homeschooling. My daughter, who my husband and I had just adopted, was struggling emotionally with her place in the world. She had a lot of deep-seated fears. The school counselor, who was a fellow Christian, mentioned homeschooling as a way of bonding for our family, giving our daughter the security she needed after bouncing around in foster care for years.
I thought about it for a long while, but I wasn’t in church at that time. (Not an excuse, but the truth.) Though, I was a Christian, and I did want my kids to learn about God, they even went to a private Christian school at one time, but we did not attend church regularly. I knew it wasn’t enough. I knew a lot had to change. I tried to pray, but I wasn’t sure if it was enough. I second guessed myself a lot. Even still, every time I’d think about homeschooling, I’d get a burden to do so. It was something I couldn’t really understand, but I knew it was right.
So we homeschooled.
As the years have passed, my reasons have varied as we’ve grown and changed. There’s nothing wrong with that. We are human, always evolving and trying to improve. Over the last year, I’ve had many burdens on my heart, but the one thing I keep coming back to, is I need a reason, an answer for, “Why do you homeschool?”
Here’s my answer: I feel a calling from God to teach my children at home; It’s my mission.
It’s that simple. I prayed and spent time in the word, trying to come up with my reason. I know that non christians or even some christians may not understand my answer and that’s okay.
It’s our job as Christ followers is to follow him even though we may not have complete understanding. If he puts it on our hearts there is a reason. I believe whole heartily that as a Christian it’s my responsibility to be sure my children are raised to believe the Bible and know why they believe it, and not just because I say it’s right. I want to instill them a love of God and learning his word. (Proverbs 22:6)
My daughter has been struggling with the decision to attend a christian or public college. I always encourage my kids to read their Bibles, study, and pray to God for their answers. Some nights we stay up late researching and talking out passages. It’s not something we would be able to do if they weren’t homeschooled and were on a tight schedule. That time is so precious to me.
She brought this to my attention late one night:
Colossians 2:6-10: As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ, For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of the principality and power. (NKJV)
She said, “Mom, I can’t go to a public college, because I’m still learning. I need to be taught and be secure in my faith. It would confuse me to be taught something that didn’t line up with our beliefs and values. I’m not complete in him.”
This is why I homeschool! This is my calling, my command, from God’s word to train my children according to his word, so that they themselves will be able to find their callings. They
may stumble or fall, but they will have a strong bases of faith and principles to lift them back up again. (Proverbs 22:6)
It’s not always easy or fun, but I cannot deny the calling I’ve be given. If I do, my children will not be able to receive their’s. If I don’t root them in God and establish their faith in him, the world will root them in evil. The devil is seeking out our children to destroy them. (1Peter 5:8) We must be vigilant.
I’m humbled and honored to be able to serve my children in this way. We have a close relationship that I don’t believe we would have if they were gone everyday eight plus hours. I thank God for giving them to me and allowing me to teach them his word in our home and apply it as we explore and learn in this awesome world he’s given us.
I challenge you to take a moment and consider what God has called you to do. It may not be homeschooling, but whatever it is follow it and your life will be exponentially greater. Your children need and deserve that from you.