That Guilty Feeling: Fighting the Spirit of Failure
- Friday, June 04, 2010
In our public schools, it's okay to teach children about sex and abortion but not about God and Creation. Children can chant but they cannot pray. Don't feel guilty about not sending your children to these godless institutions. Don't let that cute yellow school bus fool you for a minute; once your children get on that bus, they could be driven away from you and your God. You are doing the right thing.
5. Others make me feel guilty because we are different and don't fit in. Others make me feel guilty because they think we are not doing the right thing for our children. Homeschooling will always garner scrutiny, and that scrutiny can breed fear and guilt and the feeling that we must make sure we are doing right and looking good and fitting in. Are we really to be fitting in? We should look and act differently than the world. We should not do what the world dictates but rather what God dictates. We should not be yoked with unrighteousness but be a separate people as unto the Lord.
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
Guilty Before God
When we stand before the Judge of all the earth, what will be our plea? Guilty. But the good news—the magnificent news, is that we have an advocate: Jesus Christ the Righteous One. Not only are we cleared of guilt, but when no one on this earth advocates or encourages our obedience and desire to live a righteous life, Jesus Christ not only advocates but also blesses and rewards our efforts.
Jesus Christ lays out the course we are to run and then runs the race with us. He is before us and behind us and cheering us on to the finish line. He authored the race and He will help us complete the race. There is no guilt in feeling tired from running or in sweating from exertion or falling over a rock in the path or even tripping over our own two feet. We might feel clumsy and laugh a bit, but our Coach reaches down, picks us up, gives us a drink and a hug, and then starts us off again. We get up and keep going because it is all part of the race.
So what do we do with all those expectations? We cast them off since they are too weighty to run with. The eternal expectations we need to fulfill are what the LORD requires. Micah 6:8 says it all:
"He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
*This article published June 7, 2010.
Deborah Wuehler is the Senior Editor forThe Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, editor of the Schoolhouse SupportE-Newsletter, wife to Richard, and mom to eight gifts from heaven. She loves digging for buried treasure in the Word, reading, writing, homeschooling, and dark chocolate!
Copyright 2010. Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Spring 2010. Used with permission. Visit them at www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com. For all your homeschool curriculum needs visit the Schoolhouse Store. View our new and free resource, the Homeschool 101 Digital Supplement.
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