I L-O-V-E homeschool conventions. Honestly, I’m so nerdy I get giddy about a homeschool convention like a lot of people would about meeting a famous movie star. The information, suggestions, encouragement, and the fellowship with like-minded parents leaves you so refreshed and rejuvenated for the task of educating your kids, it’s like revival for the homeschooling mom!
At the CHEK (Christian Home Educators of Kentucky) Convention this summer, I had the opportunity to hear and meet Israel Wayne and his wife, Brook. Mr. Wayne is a homeschool graduate, author, speaker, dad to seven, and advocate for homeschooling a Biblical worldview. He had a lot of good things to say, particularly about the mistake we so often make in separating our children’s education into spiritual subjects and secular subjects instead of realizing that Bible memorization and algebra are both part of the knowledge God has given us. Both can be used for His glory. Both should be seen as needful and spiritual in their proper place.
At one point he made the statement, (and I scribbled it down with a grin on my face,) that, “Our purpose in homeschooling is to raise our children to bless all nations.”
Such a statement and the nonchalant way in which Mr. Wayne said it was funny to me. Raising a child to bless all nations sounds a little daunting, doesn’t it? And yet he pointed to the promise given to Abraham that his seed would do exactly that. And according to Galatians 3:29, if we are Christ’s, then we’re Abraham’s seed. So that means that, collectively, we’re supposed to be blessing all nations of the world! Raising children that will know God and bless this world by declaring the truth of God’s word, by being beacons of light in the midst of darkness, is our job as parents!
He went on to suggest that every homeschooling parent come up with a mission statement to be framed and displayed in their homeschool. Finally, three months after the fact, I’ve completed mine. And while I have intentions of fancying it up a bit eventually, this will suffice for now. I have to confess I borrowed the first part from Mr. Wayne, but the rest of it is my own and I’m pretty fond of it. Our Homeschooling Mission Statement reads:
The Purpose of Our Lives
… is to know, love, and serve God and to love and serve others
The Purpose of Our Homeschool
With anything we hope to accomplish in life, setting goals gives us the sense of direction necessary to help us meet with success. If there’s anything I ever hope to accomplish, it’s to raise good kids who know God and His word and who want to share their knowledge with others. Nothing could be more wonderful than to think that my kids could have a part in blessing all nations.