Monday, May 26, 2008

Important Influences

This Sunday at Church we looked into 2Chronicles 24. When Athaliah started to destroy all the royal family of Judah, her grandson, Joash, was taken away by his aunt so that Athaliah will not kill him, too. Joash spent his first six years in the house of God, in the care of priest Jehoiada, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Jehoiada, until his death, was a godly influence on Joash, and Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord. After Jehoiada died, bad influences made Joash to turn his heart away from the Lord.

The most important influence on our homeschooled children is the environment in which they grow. When parents demonstrate a healthy relationship between each other and with the Lord, a child's perspective about himself and his world is influenced for good. Parents who fear the Lord and live according to His Word have a far greater impact on homeschooling's success than parents who worry about having the best curriculum or the latest computer. Giving your children a Christian education, therefore, requires a homeschooling parent to be completely in line with God's will.

What kind of example are you setting for your child? In your day-to-day living and homeschooling, is your child seeing you seek God's strength, comfort, and wisdom? Are you serving in humility and incorporating the Scriptures into your decision making? If you want your child to be successful while homeschooling, make sure the example of your life leads him toward Christ instead of away from Him.

Even as Paul exhorted young Timothy, "Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12b).

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