Home school moms, it is worth the sacrifice. Some days it is difficult to keep that in mind. I know the weird looks you get when a brood of children are in tow mid-day. I know the rude and ridiculous remarks people make to you. I know how you smile and answer kindly. I know the forfeited picture of how you were going to spend your K-12 days. I know the fear of the imaginary spelling monster coming to the door with a citation. I know how frustrating it is that the house isn’t spotless, the textbooks are not completed, and the yard is not mowed. Yes, I know how easy it is to lose sight of the grace given us to do this amazing work. But if I may, allow me to encourage you…and me.
I also know some other things. I know, that at least right now, for you and for me, that this is our call. I know that this is our ministry. I know that this is our greatest opportunity. John 12:7-8 preached yesterday reminded me what I know most certainly.
Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
How strange it is to find within a group of people all professing to follow Christ alike, some who would criticize others for how they choose to do so. In John 12 we find Judas Iscariot criticizing Mary for her devotion and sacrifice to Christ. When we look closer at Judas, we find that he was much less willing to serve and honor Christ than Mary was. Therefore, he sought to steal her honor, steal her praiseworthiness, and, ultimately, steal her money.
Jesus would not let it happen. Neither will Jesus allow these things we know all too well to rob us. John 12:8 reminds us.
It occurred to me in the listening that this contrast of attitude still goes on within the church today. I guess that was the pastor’s point. When I consider the call to home school and the sordid reactions people give, I cannot help but think of this passage. So I want to encourage you, home school friends.
This opportunity will not always be available to us. This ministry has a definite expiration date. I know that you know this. I know this. But we do tend to forget, don’t we? Instead, let’s remember. And let’s remember too, that those girls I want to counsel at the pregnancy care center will always be around. Those inmates will still need Bible studies when my kids are grown. The business will still need a secretary/janitor when they are old enough to help. But my little girls will not always be little girls. They will not always need me the way they do today. I will not always have the chance to serve Christ in this very special and particular way. I have wisdom and knowledge to impart and I know that if I do not, the world will impart something else.
Whatever your call, there will be some in the church who are less willing to serve Christ criticizing your sacrifice. They will send you on a guilt trip and try to tell you what, when, how, and why you should be doing something – anything – else for Jesus. Keep on. If you take care of your call, Christ will take care of their gall.