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August 2010
Don't Grow Weary of Sowing

I had one of those “thank you, Father” moments with my small group the other day. My 20-year-old daughter had joined us that evening since she is home for the summer. The topic of family mission statements came up, particularly how valuable they are in helping families decide what activities to be involved in and how to discipline their children (as in picking and choosing your battles based on what are your priorities at that stage).

Without any prompting from me, my daughter piped up. She recounted how she had used this same principle when she was out-of-state this past year, dancing as an apprentice for a Christian ballet company. Part of the training program required that the dancers be involved in a church ministry as well as their ministry studies. Since apprentices aren't paid very much, my daughter also had to work part-time. Plus learn to manage a household (along with four other dancers) completely on her own.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed, she decided to write her own purpose statement and goals for this stage of her life. She explained to the small group that she would consult this written statement whenever she needed encouragement and when she needed to prioritize her activities.

Trying very hard to muffle a squeal of delight and a shout of “you go, girl,” I did allow myself a slight smirk. Too bad I didn't have a video camera available to record the moment for posterity (my cell phone only takes still photos).

Under my breath I thanked God for His faithfulness. Day in and day out, year after year, training our children can seem like such a chore. Young adults, especially, can be more draining because they require so much more “realness” from us parents as they sort out who they are and how they will live their own life.

As I listened to the on-going conversation between my daughter and the young parents in the group, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the verse:

          For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption;
          but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
          And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap,
          if we faint not. (Galatians 6:8, 9)

The Lord graciously gave me one of those “reaping moments,” and I realized once again that homeschooling is more than just academics. It's sowing eternal seeds.

As you plan for the next round of training, may you be encouraged by the eternal rewards that are yet to come, as well as the tangible fruits of godly wisdom in your students. As you trudge through your curriculum and resources, do not grow weary in well doing.

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