• What curriculum to use
  • What courses of study to cover
  • What activities to engage in

A Vision Fuels Our Motivation 

Further, these goals get me refocused when I am discouraged by the day-to-day grind.  They are the source of my motivation.  I would have skipped labor during the birth of my children if there had been a way (I asked!) –but I chose to go through it time and again because I had a vision of the joy at the end of the journey. 

The same holds true in choosing to home school (some parallels to labor can be drawn, I must admit).  But the picture I envision of my children grown, loving to learn, and serving the Lord from the sincerity of their hearts fuels my motivation.  And that energizes me daily to do what I can to make that vision a reality. 

One More Time, Class 

If you are just getting started home schooling, or even if you have been at it awhile, have you determined your destination yet?  You can’t skip this part and hope to succeed.  This isn’t a self-help strategy –it’s a biblical principle. 

Throughout history God has consistently given a vision to His people; a promise of a coming Messiah, the hope of Christ’s return, our future perfection in Christ, the list goes on.  Why?  So we will continue to be motivated and disciplined to press on for the prize set before us.  Consider this wisdom:

                        Record the vision

                        And inscribe it on tablets,

                        That the one who reads it may run.

                                    --Habakkuk 2:2 (emphasis mine)

 

                        Run in such a way that you may win…

                        Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim:

                        I box in such a way, as not beating the air.

                                    --I Corinthians 9:24, 26 (emphasis mine) 

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of a family vision to guide you through the parenting and home schooling years.  I’ll be bringing it up again and again in future columns.  I don’t think we can be reminded enough of the importance of having a guiding vision for our home schooling life. 

That’s another useful teaching strategy –repetition. 

In His Sovereign Grace, 

Debra  

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