2 Jul 2014

People Are Different

“For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret and intricately and curiously wrought (as if embroidered with various colors) in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.” (Ps 139: 13, 15-16, AMP)

Every person who ever lived carries a unique attribute of God. Your interaction with other people—siblings, parents, children, your spouse, etc., has taught you that this is true. People don’t act the same, talk the same, react the same, or believe the same. Sure, there are similarities, but no two on earth are exactly the same.

People don’t learn the same either. There is no place that shows this truth more clearly than a homeschool. Even though learning styles and personalities have been categorized, experience with children teaches you that what worked for you won’t necessarily work for your children; and what worked for one child, won’t work for another. This is a beautiful representation of the diversity of our heavenly Father, who even makes each snowflake different.

Because no two people are the same, there is great value in the freedom to choose how each child will be educated. As parents, you must choose for each child, the methods, curriculums, learning styles and experiences that suit each best, and that you feel you can commit to and apply twenty-four hours a day in your home. Homeschooling offers you just this—a tailored choice.

Kids Need Solid Foundations

The foundation that can support a lifetime must be strong. And that is exactly what homeschooling parents can offer. They build a foundation in their child that will serve that child for the rest of his life. All of your child’s beliefs, hopes, dreams, relationships and future homebuilding will rest on the foundation you lay in him. This foundation, by necessity, must be strong and sure—sure enough for your grandchildren to use it!

As a homeschooling parent, you can choose what goes into this strong and vital foundation with confidence, rather than allowing the choice to be made by influencers with which your family and its goals have nothing in common. When you know what goes into that foundation, you are able to maintain it as your son or daughter grows into maturity. And you are confident to stand before God, having fulfilled your mission as a parent by “training up a child in the way he should go, so that when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6, paraphrased)

Families Need Strengthening

It is no secret or surprise that there is an all-out assault on families in general. There is a greater threat to Christian families, and I believe, an even greater danger for homeschooling families. The tactics of the enemy are creative, sneaky and they are waged against us in the family setting. Simply put, homeschooling has the potential to strengthen your family to the point that you and your children, as a family, can stand in a world that does nothing but try its best to push you down.

The bond of a strong family gives children a safe place, even when they are adults. The strength of a childhood home offers enduring infrastructure and underpinning for generations. Your children’s children will run to the shelter of a strong ancestral home. In addition, what you cultivate now with your children will give an example to them and footsteps in which they will follow with their own. Without this strength, your generations will have a much greater struggle.

The Days Are Short for the Gospel on the Earth

The last, and most important, reason that the choice to homeschool is important to your family is this: the days are short for the gospel on the earth. There is no need for a sermon here about the depravity of the earth. It’s likely that you’ve already heard it at church.

The point this author wants to make is a different one. As a homeschooling family, you are given a unique opportunity to interact with a lost world. Homeschoolers have doors open to them that, quite honestly, others do not. In my humble opinion, God has granted these open doors of opportunity to us much like, by the power of His hand and will, He granted Esther access to the king. She was able to influence when others were not. And the only reason she could approach King Xerxes was that the door was opened for her by an Almighty Hand.

We have the same privilege. Instead of staying within the fortresses of our homes and churches, we can use our stations to reach into the community around us—a community who is lost and dying and in terrible need of the salvation we know every day in Jesus. We, as strong and unified families, can reach our hands out into a dark world and capture mankind for the Kingdom. In truth, we are nothing if we aren’t spreading the light of the gospel. And homeschooling gives a unique opportunity to focus on this.

I would like to issue a challenge to every reader of this article. Pray as a family and ask God what you can do to reach out. Make a simple action plan, and carry it out. Intentionally involve yourself with a non-Christian person or family outside of your church. Have them in your home and share yourselves with them. Go places where you know the lost will be and find someone who needs prayer. Seek ways to love people with the gospel.

Nancy Coleman lives in western North Carolina in a small town named Horse Shoe, near Brevard. She and her husband, Tim, have a blended family of nine children, including two spouses, with one child still at home. Currently Nancy’s parents are also living with them. Nancy and Tim have a combined total of just under 41 years of homeschooling with six being the largest number of students at one time. Nancy was on the NCHE board from 1996-2014, serving in multiple roles. She was involved in the conference leadership for many years, serving as conference vice president for most of that time.