Deuteronomy 4:10 Specially the day that thou stoodest before the LORD thy God in Horeb, when the LORD said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children.
Deuteronomy 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
Deuteronomy 11:19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
If you look in the Bible, you will not find the words "school", not even "education". You will not find instruction for how to educate our children so they can get ahead and have a successful career, so they can be the best spellers and know all their multiplication facts. So why are we doing it? What is the ultimate end? What are our days focused on? Do we do 10 minutes of Bible and then leave God out of the rest of it? Or do we say Daughter, God made these animals. Son, God made numbers. Children, God has orchestrated all of history. His hand has been it since the beginning of time...?
Are we so busy trying to meet requirements and the expectations of others that we have forgotten the whole point?
As for myself, I am guilty, I am guilty, I am guilty. There are many pressures on homeschoolers. Many expectations to measure up to. I have some relatives that want to sit down with our children and quiz them about how much they know every time they come over. But I need to take on the attitude of Who cares? I am not doing this for them. These are our blessings from God, these children in our care. I will teach them about Him.
We may want our children to be "successful". But why? As the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, "What is the chief end of man? Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever." Is that our focus when we're teaching our children? I have forgotten. In my busyness and striving to get things done I have forgotten the focus.
Let us not forget.
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