Wednesday, September 20, 2006

More thoughts on the journey, and my challenge to you...

I got to reading yesterday’s comments, and I realized there were some from homeschoolers, some from private schoolers, and from some public schoolers!

Interesting, because it reflects my real-world friends to a “T!”

I just love you all!

The main thing I am learning through my journey is that I have to look beyond the stereotypes. I assumed all homeschoolers were nuts – before I homeschooled. After homeschooling a while, I assumed all public schoolers couldn’t possibly love their kids as much as I did – that was before I put my kids in public school.

What was I thinking?

Of course, it takes a lot more work to look past the stereotypes. It takes humility. It means that someone who disagrees with me might have something valuable to teach me. It takes faith in God, not in any method, for our children’s outcome, regardless of – and sometimes even in spite of – our educational approach. Faith paves the way to freedom – freedom to lead our families, not from a sense of anxiety, coercion or guilt, but of conviction.

My challenge to you:

Let’s stop using generalizations to create fear and draw lines in the sand, pitting one educational choice against another. How about a measure of grace to others whose methods may differ from our own? How about trying to understand and support the distinctive challenges someone else might be facing in raising kids in our culture? We all want our children to grow up to know and serve God with their whole hearts. Let’s encourage each other follow God’s unique calling for our individual families, and leave the stereotypes behind.

Maybe some of you are making decisions about school right now, and it seems like an overwhelming task. But God is faithful. Where He leads, there is rest.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30

6 comments:

Sabrina said...

Great Challenge Katherine!

One thing God has taught me is that he doesn't use a cookie cutter approach to us all ;)

Thank you for that reminder

Blessings for you today Sabrina

voni said...

Amen:)

Wendy said...

Agree 100%!

Andrea said...

*clapping loudly*
Well said, Katherine!
I agree with you!
I put this post on my Del.icio.us sidebar on my blog cause I liked it so much. :)

Code Yellow Mom said...

Perfectly said...I think this could apply across the board to all the parenting decisions, from breastfeeding to working outside the home to discipline styles. "Let's encourage each other to follow God's unique calling..." We really don't know the challenges others are facing in raising their kids in our culture, and when it comes down to it, every child is different,and each parent really has the best view into their own child's heart and needs.

Wonderful post.

Stacey said...

Yes, yes, yes!!! OKay, and that scripture has been coming at me from all angles in the past week or so - like literally about 50 times! I think he's trying to tell me something??!!??!!