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Boasting In Christ

BOAST v.: To display in ostentatious language; to speak of with pride, vanity or exultation, with a view of self-commendation. 
— Noah Webster, 1828

Between my husband and I, we have quite a few degrees, licenses and certifications.  Our careers have taken us into classrooms, boardrooms and abroad.  We’d like to think we’re pretty smart people.  As a matter of fact, never once have we ever doubted our ability to teach our children.  We may have questioned how to gain specific knowledge of certain subjects but we’ve never doubted our ability to provide an education for our children. We’ve always trusted that the Lord would help us each step of the way, no matter the subject area; and He has! 

That being said, I don’t give the Lord nearly as much credit as I should for the good that is going on in our home.  In the 7 or so years that we’ve homeschooled, we have had way more good days than bad.  Our children’s learning struggles haven’t totally derailed us or left us in a constant state of worry.  We’ve managed to keep the momentum going despite job changes, sickness, learning difficulties and a host of other issues.  God’s grace and faithfulness to us has been simply amazing!  Though it is me primarily teaching academics day to day, I am simply a vessel being used for His glory.

“Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  These are the words of the Apostle Paul in Second Corinthians chapter 10, verse 17.  I love Paul’s words because they give a simple formula to follow to avoid pride and arrogance.  Talk more about Christ and less about myself.  This can be so difficult because there is a natural inclination in me to share the good things that are happening in my life.  If I’m not careful, I will unintentionally take credit or give it to someone or something else. As homeschoolers, we spend hours trying to pick the “best” curriculum for our children. When our children succeed we credit the books or the methodology behind it.  The fact is, we wouldn’t be able to afford the curriculum if it wasn’t for God’s provision.  The Lord is the one that gives us the ability to teach and our children the ability to learn.  Should we as a family affirm one another and build each other up with our words?  Of course.  There should however, be a foundational understanding that it’s because of the Lord that we’re even alive and well.  All credit goes to Him!  Any success we’ve had has been because of His leading.

I’m not a New Year’s resolution kind of lady, but if there is one thing I’d like to do more of this year, it’s boasting in the Lord.  I want to make more of a big deal about Him than I do my personal desires and successes.  I’ve been blessed with a happy, healthy family and for that I am really grateful!  I never want to miss an opportunity to share with others the One that is leading our family along the way. 

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