Thursday, September 13, 2012

Excellence: The Most Important Goal?

It is that time of year again.  A plethora of articles are being written in the spirit of "encouraging" homeschool moms as they begin a new school year.  The rallying cry is out:  "HOMESCHOOL WITH EXCELLENCE" is being heard shouted from all corners of the prolific homeschool vendor's world.  Of course, the implied message in many of these articles is that most homeschool moms are NOT endeavoring to "HOMESCHOOL WITH EXCELLENCE" when in fact that should be their primary goal.  The examples they give of this (presumed to be) godly pursuit of excellence are usually from the high-powered corporate world of today or revered statesmen of old who often seemingly could do no wrong.

I ask you, homeschool moms, to carefully consider if in fact excellence should be the primary pursuit of your homeschool efforts or in fact of your life.  As a Christian homeschool mom, I am called to put all my priorities on the altar of God's will for my life.  I turn to the Scriptures and my Heavenly Father in prayer daily to seek His highest goal for me and my family.

For many writers, "excellence" is put in terms of worldly goals.  What is most important to the world (financial, social or academic success) is not the primary goal of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in my life or in the life of our children who are called by His name.

I have been studying the Gospels of the Bible (the Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) for some time now.  As I  thought about writing this post, I considered the examples of "excellence" among the men and women that Jesus surrounded himself with.  Who were these men he called to be closest to him and be the first to do his special work?  They were bumbling, prideful, slow-to-learn common laborers.

The Apostles became powerful and effective in their witness for Jesus, forming the church that still stands today as the greatest achievement in all of history because the promised Holy Spirit ruled and reigned in their lives through prayer and study of the Scriptures.  They were works in progress, as we all are.  God used them mightily in spite of (or maybe because of) their worldly deficits.

 It is in our weakness that  He is made strong. We can be mightily used in the service of the Lord if only we focus on letting Him have His perfect work in all of us, including our children whom we are given the privilege of home educating.

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