The Joys of Home Improvement
- Friday, October 02, 2009
"There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs 16:25)
Choose the New
This sounds like the fun part, but in reality, it takes a lot of aching feet and aching backs and heavy decision-making. It takes a great deal of effort to wisely choose, pay for, and install what is new.
For those who are just starting to homeschool, it may seem like a daunting task, because it requires a lot of effort to establish new routines, new ways of learning, and new teaching methods. That is why it is important to keep in mind why we are homeschooling and hold tight and remain obedient to those God-given mandates. And for those who have homeschooled for a while, it can seem overwhelming every time we begin something new or even begin a new school year. But if we have prayed about our choices and our plans, then what is new will produce good results as we continue to make the effort. Obedience to God's ways always produces rewards (some which we may not see right away).
Tearing down the old can be difficult, but we have seen that the end result is beautiful if, and only if, we put on the new. In the home of our heart, we can make the effort to tear down the old (bitterness, anger, rebellious spirit, harshness and frustration, envy, selfish ambition), but if we don't put on the new, we are bound to stay ugly. What is it that we are to put on? Our research manual says it so well:
"Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11)
"That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." (Ephesians 4:22-24)
"The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light." (Romans 13:12)
"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof." (Romans 13:14)
"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." (Colossians 3:8-10)
"Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." (Colossians 3:12-14)
Home Improvement Takes Time
Week after week went by while every little snippet of time was used to finally get the bedroom project completed. All of the displaced cupboards and shelving units finally left the hallway and made it back into the room. It takes time . . . longer than you think and often more than you planned. But it is so nice to go into that room and admire the cleanliness and beauty for as long as it lasts.
Our homeschools could also use a good dose of perseverance. Patience is key in teaching our children, but perseverance through the rough spots, the sick days, the mental blocks, and the interruptions is also a must. We want our children to learn to persevere through what seems difficult, so we must set the example and not give up.
Just as our home projects and our homeschools require patience and perseverance, so do the very fibers of our hearts. If our hearts are not stable with a "never give up" attitude, then everything else may be unstable as well.
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