What Do They Really Believe?
When I was going through Driver’s Ed class in high school (over 20 years ago, by the way), I remember hearing my teacher say something each time we would start class. “Adjust your mirrors and watch out for blind spots.” I’m sure he told me a dozen other things, but I remember the “adjust your mirrors and remember your blind spots” more than anything. Our driver’s ed teacher was trying to make a point; you just can’t jump in the car and drive. There has been someone in the car before you who had the mirrors adjusted to meet their needs. He was trying to get us to a point where we’d never assume conditions were perfect for driving. The slightest adjustment in a mirror could inadvertently cause you to have a blind spot which could result in an accident.
How often do we as Christian home educators check for blind spots? How many of us have put our educational efforts on cruise control and assumed, “well, our children are not in public school, so they’ll be fine.” Do we ever check our children’s “spiritual” mirrors, to see if they are on the road that leads to eternal life? For those of us who have been homeschooling now for some time, are we asking our children questions to gauge what they really believe? Questions like, “How many genders are there?” “When does life begin?” “How was the earth created?”
Our adversary, the devil is very crafty and has been that way since the beginning of time (Gen 3:1). Our family has learned that with every ounce of worldview training and bible study we do, sin is still crouching by our door (Gen 4:7). We have also learned that one of the primary ways Satan tries to deceive us is by getting us in a place where we simply assume everything in our home is okay. Thankfully, by God’s grace, things are going well in our home. However, we never want to get to a place where we view homeschooling as a safety net, to catch the things we might miss. How thankful we are for the providence, mercy and love of our Savior!
Take some time today and talk with your children. Ask them some questions that will draw out of them what’s really in their hearts. If you stumble across a blind spot, a place where your child may be struggling, confused or not seeing clearly, pray with them and ask the Lord to help you instruct them in those areas. He is faithful and able to help you.