A homeschooling mother told me recently that someone once told her that she did not look like a homeschooling mother because she wore big earrings. Then she showed me her earrings–the size was similar to the ones I wear.
Am I atypical? I certainly hope so!
Where do people get the impression that homeschoolers should all look and act a certain way? Do they get it from us?
I have homeschooled long enough to remember the denim jumper era, that time when you could spot a homeschooling mom by her jumper. I’m glad that’s over!
I don’t want to fall into anyone’s typical rut. I believe it is important that we be different from the people around us, not only people in the world, but different from other Christians. Why? Because God made us different. The Creator Who has made billions and billions of snowflakes with no two alike and Who made each person with unique finger prints is just too creative to make carbon copies. If we find ourselves all looking and acting the same, we just might be elevating an earthly leader and following him or her instead of following God. We may be bowing to some other master than the One Who bought us with a price.
As Ray and I stood in our company’s booth at a homeschool convention last summer, a couple stopped and talked to us about their experience with Ray’s Exploring World History curriculum for high schoolers. With great depth of feeling, the mother told us about the impact that curriculum had had on their family. She said that they had learned that they could read the Bible and follow God’s Word themselves without someone else telling them what they had to do. It was one of the highest compliments we have ever received.
But now God has placed the members, each one of them,
in the body, just as He desired.
If they were all one member, where would the body be?
But now there are many members, but one body.
1 Corinithans 12:18-20
Are your earrings too big? Congratulations!