Mark is the vision and anchor of our family. He puts everything into perspective and provides the focus and balance that we need.
A little over a week after Bella was born, we decided to get back into our regular routine including academic work. After multiple bathroom breaks, spilled drinks, snack requests, and other interruptions, I was sitting in the rocking chair nursing our week and a half old baby and reading aloud to the older kids, while trying to supervise art for the younger children when noises of a squabble (who am I kidding) knock down, drag out fight drifted in from the little boy’s bedroom. It was at that point that I decided we weren’t quite ready.
As I thought about our failed attempt to get back into the swing of things, I wondered and then doubted that I would ever be able to do it all.
This school year is our busiest so far because for the first time I clearly have two groups of homeschool children (grade 8, 7, 6, and 5 and grade 2/3, 1 and K) in addition to a preschooler, toddler and newborn. How can I manage all of that, keep the house tidy, wash the laundry and cook, let alone be hospitable and serve in our church family and community as God has called us?
That evening, I spoke with Mark about my discouragement with the children’s education and he asked me, “Are you teaching the kids to love God?” Then I realized that my focus was wrong. It’s not our list of academic subjects or our to-do list that is important, it’s teaching the children in every circumstance and at every opportunity what it is to love God.
If I’m doing that everything else will fall into place.
Am I loving God and teaching my children to do the same? If I’m not, then nothing else matters. If I am, then nothing else matters.
As we easily slipped back into our regular routine last week, we continue to ask, “Are we loving God?” If we lose that perspective, if we lose that focus, then nothing else matters.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never fails
Are you teaching your children to love God? How?