Failing Before You Even Try?
I recently had the opportunity to chat with a young mom about homeschooling. We’ve known each other for a few years, so she has witnessed first hand my transition from working outside of the home to staying at home and educating our children. As we talked, she mentioned that she had considered homeschooling, but wasn’t confident that she could teach her children certain subjects. I assured her that there were more than enough resources for her to wade through teaching difficult subjects. When our conversation ended, it dawned on me, “Wow, I’ve had this conversation a lot!” Not that I’m keeping record, but one of the main concerns, if not THE main concern I’ve heard from people deciding on homeschooling is this overwhelming fear of not being able to teach their own children. Are those fears warranted? Sometimes, yes; but other times, no. I’ll be the first to admit, I hated math growing up and don’t relish teaching upper level math to any of our children. My husband and I are not naive; we want to feel confidant that our children will have a quality education by the time they graduate. There are days when the instruction and training of our children is a little bumpy, to put it mildly. But, as we walk with Christ, He helps us teach them and He also helps them learn.
If you’re reading this, and the one thing that is stopping you from homeschooling is doubting your own ability to teach, may I caution you not to presume you will fail, especially when you haven’t even tried. Homeschooling has its challenges and difficulties. Trust me, we’ve had some really, really tough days in our home. Somewhere in your decision to homeschool, you will simply have to trust that God will equip you to do what needs to be done. Will you wake up one morning, miraculously knowing how to teach a really hard subject? Perhaps. It may, however, require you dedicating an hour or so each week to study and research the subject yourself, so that you CAN confidently teach your children. Oh how I would love it if the Lord blessed me to be naturally “good” at math. But guess what, I’m 40 years old and still don’t enjoy it. Regardless of my feelings towards the subject, I can’t let that deter me from teaching my children well.
We say in our home that home education is more of a faith challenge than it is a test of our abilities. As hard as it may be for you to trust your capability to teach your children, you can have 100% assurance in Christ to help you each step of the way. I wish there were some magic words that I could say to reassure those that are hesitant to homeschool out of fear. Unfortunately, there really aren’t any, but “Trust Jesus!” would be the best I could offer. The wonderful thing about our Lord, is that even in our failures, His will is still perfect and His grace is still sufficient!
May the Lord bless and keep you this week. Don’t forget to leave a prayer request on our prayer page for our time of midweek prayer. It’s always a blessing for us to pray for others.
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