by George Reavis
Once upon a time the animals had a school. They had four subjects ~ running, climbing, flying, and swimming ~ and all animals took all subjects.
The duck was good at swimming, better than the teacher, in fact. He made passing grades in running and flying, but he was almost hopeless in climbing. So they made him drop swimming to practice more climbing. Soon he was only average in swimming. But average is okay, and nobody worried much about it ~ except the duck.
The eagle was considered a troublemaker. In his climbing class he beat everybody to the top of the tree, but he had his own way of getting there, which was against the rules. He always had to stay after school and write, “Cheating is wrong” five hundred times. This kept him from soaring, which he loved. But schoolwork comes first.
The bear flunked because they said he was lazy, especially in winter. His best time was summer, but school wasn’t open then.
The penguin never went to school because he couldn’t leave home, and they wouldn’t start a school out where he lived.
The zebra played hooky ~ a lot. The ponies made fun of his stripes, and this made him very sad.
The kangaroo started out at the top of the running class, but got discouraged trying to run on all fours like the other kids.
The fish quit school because he was bored. To him all four subjects were the same, but nobody understood that. They had never been a fish.
The squirrel got A’s in climbing, but his flying teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the treetop down. His legs got so sore practicing take-offs that he began getting C’s and D’s in running.
But the bee was the biggest problem of all, so the teacher sent him to Dr. Owl for testing. Dr. Owl said that the bee’s wings were just too small for flying and besides they were in the wrong place. But the bee never saw Dr. Owl’s report, so he just went ahead and flew anyway.
A question I hear quite often is, “Am I really qualified? Am I going to ruin my children by schooling them at home?”
This is the topic of a devotion I gave in the Mom’s Room at co-op this week. I’ve tried to write my notes from the devotion here. I hope you are encouraged.
When God calls us to something, He will qualify us! At that answer, I could end the devotion. God called us to it, He equips us, therefore, we’re qualified! But, I want to answer more thoroughly why and how we’re qualified.
Go back to the Animal School story above. Who knows your children best? Who can instinctively know what’s best for them? Who loves them as much as you do? Who did God give them to? Knowing that “Mom and Dad” are the answers to each of those questions is further proof that YOU are qualified to teach them. No one else knows them well enough to know what’s best for them. For them particularly. No one on this earth loves them like you do. No one. God gave them to you. You. You are the one who can make their education a perfect fit. Not because you have a college degree in education or have loads of money to buy the best curriculum, but because God has already given you everything you need to teach the children He gave you.
If you’ve never watched the YouTube.com video called Home Where They Belong, I would encourage you to take a few minutes right now. It’s a strong visual to get this point across.
You know the news headlines. Christianity is being forced out of the public school system, only to be replaced with a religion of tolerance, evolution, relativism and worse. Even Christian teachers in the public school system are forced to teach things that go against the Lord’s teaching. At best, they can subtly mention God as long as other religious views are being expressed at the same time. These facts alone qualify you to teach your children. Jeremiah 10:2 says, “Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.”
You have been given unique gifts in your children. God has commanded that you teach them. And, He has supplied you with all you need to do this successfully. Homeschooling isn’t always easy. It isn’t always fun. But the rewards are great and the impact is eternal.
Go to the Word when you’re frustrated. Go to your husband. Go to an experienced and well-rooted friend. Please don’t meet the yellow school bus at the end of the driveway.
Bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
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