Ordinary World Changers
- Friday, August 14, 2009
The differences between our homeschooled young people and the rest of the world can be stark, for we have the opportunity to train our children with the character, convictions, and spiritual maturity that most of the world lacks. We can train them to be motivated while the rest of the world is apathetic; we can train them to be independent thinkers while the rest of the world is going with the flow; we can train them to be dedicated to excellence while the rest of the world contents itself with mediocrity; we can train them to be selfless servants while the rest of the world seeks its own pleasure; we can raise them to build their lives on the solid foundation of Christ while the rest of the world builds on the sands of false religions, misguided worldviews, and hedonistic pleasures. Pause for a moment to consider the reality of these differences, and then ask yourself if the world will be the same 30 years from now if we succeed in sending out tens of thousands of such young people.
If the army of homeschool graduates currently being raised up has the potential to change the world, then the parents who are sacrificing so much of their time and energy to nurture and disciple them certainly are equally significant. In fact, I would go so far as to say that the gathering ranks of common, ordinary homeschooling moms and dads are the unseen world changers of our generation.
Mom, every time you’re discouraged and feeling tempted to put your kids on the Big Yellow School Bus the next time it rumbles by your door, remember that you’re part of something bigger than yourself—you’re part of a movement God has raised up to have a greater impact on our world than you can imagine. You’re one of hundreds of thousands of other moms and dads who have decided to recapture the vision of dedicated parenting and raise up a generation who will turn this world upside down for God.
As the world was transformed once by the abdication of parental responsibility, so it can be transformed again by the re-acceptance of it.
The devil would like nothing better than for you to become discouraged and give up on your kids. That’s why he’s happy for society to bombard you with the message that you’re wasting your time at home; that’s why he seeks to allure you with all the temptations the world has to offer. But think about it this way: he wouldn’t try so desperately to tempt you away from your home and children if the extra effort spent raising your kids was having no positive impact on the world.
Your role may not seem exciting; you may spend your days in the quiet, unnoticed tasks of home and family. The world may never know you exist. But when you send forth your children as the arrows of a mighty warrior, the nations won’t be able to help but take notice. With God’s blessing, we can make a homegrown difference in the world around us. And it all starts with individual moms and dads willing to accept their calling and join the ranks of the ordinary world changers.
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Jonathan Lewis, 26, is a homeschool graduate who believes that Christian home education is the most effective way to train up a new generation to impact the world for God. In 2002, he helped start Home School Enrichment Magazine with his family. Jonathan writes and speaks from his perspective as a homeschool graduate, hoping to encourage and inspire parents to remain faithful in their calling. You can reach him at jonathan@HomeSchoolEnrichment.com.
This article was originally published in the Jul/Aug ’09 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Visit http://www.homeschoolenrichment.com/ for more information.
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