It is easy to be busy living lives filled with many habitual ways of doing things without stopping to ask ourselves why we do the things we do and why we do them the way we do.
When the apostle Paul and his coworker Timothy began the letter to the Christians at Colossae, they began with words of gratitude to God and told them that they had always prayed for them since they heard of their faith in Jesus and their love for their fellow believers.
Colossians 1:5-7 tells us that the Colossians had learned “the word of truth” from Epaphras who had told Paul and Timothy about the Colossians’ response to his teaching. You are teaching your children every day. You are also observing your children to see what their response is to what you teach.
It is good to remember every day why you homeschool and to remind yourself of your goals. In 1 Timothy 1:5, Paul said that the goal of their instruction was “love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith.”
Instruction is the purpose behind all of the letters in the New Testament. That instruction has a clear why: to reveal the characteristics of God and to teach Christians how we should respond to Him.
Again and again, Paul tells his readers that he prays for them. It is a great comfort to me when I know that someone loves me enough to pray for me. Prayer is a precious gift we can give to others. It is a powerful tool in your homeschool.
In the last many weeks, our friend, Miss Johnnie Faye, has been recovering from surgery. On Sunday she told me that our 97-year-old friend, Miss Katherine, told her that she couldn’t help her out in any physical way but that she could pray for her. Miss Johnnie Faye believes that God’s answers to prayer are why she has done so well.
The first chapter of Colossians tells about Paul’s and Timothy’s prayers for those Christians. It is a beautiful description of a great why to homeschool and a wonderful prayer to pray for our children. Read it and envision your children living this kind of life. This is what I call a great answer to “Why homeschool?”
For this reason we also,
since the day we heard about it,
have not ceased praying for you
and asking that you may be
filled with the knowledge of His will
in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
to please Him in all respects,
bearing fruit in every good work
and increasing in the knowledge of God;
strengthened with all power,
according to His glorious might,
for the attaining of all perseverance and patience;
joyously giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified us to share
in the inheritance of the saints in light.