That Guilty Feeling: Fighting the Spirit of Failure
- Friday, June 04, 2010
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)
3. I feel guilty about not getting it all done: not enough schooling, housework, recordkeeping, lesson plans, or meal planning done. Getting it all done has never been my forte. There are lots of helpful materials about time management and planning out there (if you are so inclined), but I'd rather fly by the seat of my pants and allow urgency to dictate my actions. I wish I had time to actually think about implementing some order. I definitely need help in this area (some options I've looked at: The Schoolhouse Planner, Econobusters.com free planning help, and Managers of Their Homes—Titus2.com.) What things are truly important: the physical needs around us or the spiritual needs around us? If you have to set aside that pile of laundry to take one of your children to the foot of the cross, you have chosen the better thing. When I am overwhelmed with guilt and stress, I go to the Scriptures, where I gain a higher perspective of life:
"From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I." (Psalm 61:2)
And an old familiar song fills my mind and erases that blackboard once again:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His Glory and Grace.1
4. I feel guilty about my slow learner or my rebellious child or my tomboy girl or overly active boys. I feel guilty about my overly shy and tender child. To put you at ease, nearly every family probably has at least one of these kinds of children. But we tend to feel that if we were doing it right, we'd have no rebels or kids who don't have a clue about learning or sitting still or fitting some other mold.
The truth is, our children are unique, and we know them best. We can teach around and to those special gifts God has blessed them with. We can keep a tight rein on our rebels. There would be no putting up with them in the education system of today. Can you imagine these kids having to sit still for hours? Can you imagine how they would interact on the playground? Can you imagine the damage that could be done in the name of relieving our guilt and just going with the flow? I think you would suffer from much greater guilt by placing them in the hands of others who don't care for your children on the deep level you care for them.
Public education isn't made for these children. All agree that a specialized program of instruction is required, and what could be more specialized than your own home, where they receive individual attention and individualized curriculum choices? Not only is public education not made for these "special" children, but I also believe it is not made for any Christian child today. That is a strong statement, but here is where instruction in public education is heading: "President Obama's ‘safe schools' czar, Kevin Jennings, sees his transgender plans for public and private schools within reach. . . ."2 Jennings, who founded the homosexual activist group Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network is attributed to authoring a "heterosexism questionnaire . . . raising questions such as, ‘What do you think caused your heterosexuality?' "3 Public education is fast becoming a forum for leftist political viewpoints. Look at the National Education Association's report on GLBT's "Stepping Out of the Closet and Into the Light." Or what about this headline: "N.C. High Schools to Replace U.S. History with Environmental Issues."4
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