Look up from your computer and look around your home. Right now.
What do you see?
I see a Bosch mixer with butter and chocolate chips sitting out in front of it waiting to be made into cookies. I see a sink full of dishes. I see coffee from this morning. I see one daughter lying on the couch recovering from the flu and another sitting at the piano practicing for next week’s lesson. I see a 2 year old pretending to read. I see toys, school books, and LIFE.
The purpose of your home is not to run a well-oiled machine, but to create a dearly loved foretaste of our true Home.
If you spend your day striving for a home that looks devoid of family life, you will quickly find yourself
devoid of family life.
I am all for order, but order at the expense of relationships will never bring about the peaceful haven our homes should be.
Homeschooling at its finest is a messy business. Curious minds make messes. Rarely can those messes be confined to the dining room table. Seeking order in your home should never be about appearances because the Lord looks on the heart of your home and cares nothing for your tidy facade. Keep your motivation for creating order always in check, and be aware of how the order you have created is affecting those sharing your home. Is it beauty or beast?
Our lives as homeschoolers should be full of learning opportunities rooted and grounded in Scripture. A home with purpose is a home where the wisdom and the heart of the Lord reigns supreme.
And what does this look like?
*A place to serve (Genesis 18, 2 Kings 4, John 12, Proverbs 31)
*A place to teach (Deuteronomy 4, Deuteronomy 6, Deuteronomy 11, Psalm 78)
*A place to love (Genesis 2, Deuteronomy 10, Proverbs 31, Titus 2)
There is so much more that could be said here, but what I really want to impress upon you is that the purpose of our earthly home is to reflect our heavenly home. Our homes should be places of joy, peace, and love, built by the Lord.
If these qualities are missing from your home, track down the source of strife. This could be everything from lack of order to too much rigidity in your day to any number of things in between! But you can be sure the strife you find will always have its roots in a lack of focus…a lack of purpose.
Refocus your home life and you will be much more able to homeschool with purpose. Homeschool for Christ!