Have you ever tried to teach someone to drive? Or can you remember learning to drive? Novice drivers often weave back and forth between the lines, their hands constantly moving the steering wheel like a little kid in a carnival ride. New drivers tend to look at the road directly in front of the vehicle, swerving to miss every little thing. What is the solution? We teach them to look up, to drive with their eyes on the horizon. When they do look up, their driving smoothes out. They can still see and avoid near danger, but they aren’t concentrating on every little bump in the road.
Novice home educators (and many of us old timers) are like the new drivers. Our eyes are distracted by nearby happenings – what Susy is using for math, how well Johnny plays an instrument, what the public schools are teaching. Any number of things will distract us from our homeschooling as we compare ourselves to others. What’s the solution? Look up. Look to God for guidance in your homeschool. Focus on the horizon – the long term, the eternal. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
In Ephesians 4, Paul describes the gifts God has given the body of Christ for “the equipping of the saints” to become mature in Christ. “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by every wind of doctrine.”
In Hebrews after reading the “Hall of Fame” of mature believers through the ages, we are reminded to “lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12: 2) If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will know which course we are to run – we will keep the eternal in mind when we homeschool. And if we are not sure what we ought to do, we need to ask God.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5 & 6)
So if you are finding yourself being tossed here and there on your homeschool journey, if you find yourself wandering all over the road – look up!
Dorothy and Dick Karman homeschooled their two children in Portland starting in 1983. They have served in the Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network since 1986.
Copyright 2004 The Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network, 17985 Falls City Road, Dallas, OR 97338. Reprinted with permission.