If we are too busy to spend time with our families, we will fail God's most important assignments. Today's culture offers many enticing "extracurricular activities" to distract us: entertainment, consumerism, even many worthy causes which keep our schedules too full to devote sufficient attention to His lesson plans. Often we are tempted to ditch "class" altogether, spending our time instead surfing the Internet, viewing pornography, gambling, etc. Sadly, drug and alcohol abuse, premarital sex, the breakdown of the family, and other tragedies lead many of the Lord's students to drop out of His program.

The enemy is working very hard to destroy the righteous because he knows godly families are the foundation of a godly nation. The world is also working against us -- we are surrounded by influences and teachings which do not encourage strong relationships in the family. The good news is many Christian parents are rising to the challenge -- no more excuses, no more denial. In obedience to God's commands we are teaching His Word diligently to our children when we sit at home and when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise up.

The home-school graduating class of 2004 attests to the veracity of God's promise: "By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life" (Proverbs 22:4).

Vyckie Bennett home schools her seven children in northeast Nebraska. She and her husband, Warren, publish a monthly, pro-family newspaper, the Nebraska Civic Digest.