Staying sharply focused is one of the biggest challenges faced by novice and veteran homeschoolers alike. We encounter so many distractions—both good and bad—that threaten to sidetrack us from our purpose and goal. Some days I just need a reminder of why I’m doing what I’m doing. I need to remember where the motivation and the strength come from. Even after 19 years of homeschooling, I need to have my vision brought back into focus.
So every morning, with cup of coffee in hand, I open my email inbox to read my dose of Daily Focus. The author of this wonderful daily devotional always puts things in such perfect perspective. Many days, I feel like she wrote it just for me.
“Have you ever thought about how an advertisement would read for a homeschool teacher? If truthfully stated, the ad would probably go something like this:
Now accepting applications:
Family seeking fun-loving, godly homeschool teacher. Applicant will be responsible for providing total educational development and daily personal care for children of multiple ages. Applicant will assume the following roles: cook, housemaid, nurse, taxi driver, administrative assistant, accountant, athletic coach, social director, computer technician, household and automotive repairman, gardener, course instructor in multiple subject areas and grade levels, and various other responsibilities. This is a full-time position — approximately 120 hours or more per week. Qualified candidates must be able to work well under pressure, multi-task, and prioritize work loads while maintaining a friendly, enthusiastic attitude. Quick thinking, good memory, and a varied background in extensive subject matter are a must. Promising candidates will be resourceful, adjust easily to distractions, and display creative, hard-working leadership abilities. Organizational and problem solving skills are a plus. Previous teaching experience and/or college preferred, but is not required. If you’re interested in working in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, this is the position for you! For more information on this exciting opportunity to earn fulfilling, one-of-a-kind rewards, please apply in person today.
After reading these qualifications, no wonder many parents walk away from this employment opportunity. Who can measure up to these standards? Praise God, you can! As you step out in faith and yield your weaknesses to God’s strength, you’ll not only get the job, you’ll also successfully homeschool and discover the fantastic benefits of teaching your children at home. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10).
Lord, homeschooling seems overwhelming, and there’s so much to learn. Like the new guy on the job, teach me what I need to know to successfully homeschool with Your wisdom, strength, and power. In Jesus’ name, Amen.