So you want to quit.
I can’t say I blame you, or that I don’t understand. Actually I get it.
Really, I do.
I’ve sat there overwhelmed by the cost and the scope of the task.
I’ve looked at me and been totally, completely underwhelmed.
I’ve watched the tide as friends returned their kids to conventional schools, and felt the creeping hand of doubt clutch my heart while its voice whispered my failures and fears.
I really do get it.
But….here’s what I have to say on the other side. The finished side, where it’s all done, and the books are completed. Graduation celebrations are over, and there are no more papers to correct or curriculum to order.
It was worth it.
It was more than I ever could have imagined it was, even on the very best day. It was worth every day that was long or hard, and every struggle.
It was gold.
Pray this thing through.
Don’t give up, give in, or cave.
What you are doing matters.
It has eternal consequences.
It matters beyond today’s frustration at listening to your stuttering early reader, the repeat attempt to explain decimals, or the child that misspelled every single spelling word. It matters beyond your guilt in thinking that your littles are not getting enough attention and your older ones aren’t getting enough instruction.
You are raising a unique generation. A generation with an iron core because it has not been subjected to the constant barrage designed to create a conformed populace with a “group think” mindset.
Satan does not want you to believe that homeschooling matters so he will take every opportunity to discourage you and tempt you to do something else. He will bludgeon you with guilt and perceived failure. He will whisper deceit and defeat continually if you let him.
So, don’t let him.
People will not applaud. Actually, most people will actively disapprove and try to convince you to do something else.
People will tell you it’s too hard on you, it’s too hard on your kids, and too hard on your finances.
People will tell you that you will make a greater impact if you are out in the work force.
Don’t listen to them.
It isn’t true.
History is filled with examples of the power of one. One man or woman who thought differently than everyone else and therefore did something unique. One man or woman who came to the world with an individual vision that challenged a generation and turned a culture.
We celebrate these individuals when we see the impact of their lives; we just don’t applaud (at the outset) the sacrifices or unique roads it took create them.
Homeschool Mom: you are giving a gift to the times you live in. Your children are that gift. They will think differently. They will value uniquely. They will bring something precious, beautiful, and pure to a culture obsessed with ugly. Your work matters. Eternally.
Day by day, week by week blending into year by year you are building strong minds forged with an iron core, a potential of powerful influence on their generation. A gift to their culture of a different perspective, a bastion of truth, a bright light to the darkness that surrounds us.
Don’t listen to the voices that encourage you to quit.
Listen instead to the words of Deut. 6: 6-7:
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Embrace the calling.
Remember the power of one.
Resist the urge to quit.
Praying for you, and cheering you on from the sidelines.
Let me know if I can help.