I founded Homeschool Legacy for a number of reasons. First, I wanted to glorify God and help homeschool families create a lasting and precious homeschool legacy of their own. I also wanted to provide parents with quality, easy-to-use unit studies, so they could instill a love of learning in their children by making learning more fun. As homeschoolers, our homeschool legacy is also our family legacy. The two are inextricably intertwined. But, to be successful, it’s important we keep the end-goal in mind. To do so, we must first determine what our end-goal is.
Is our end-goal academics, sports, the arts? Is it to raise child prodigies and geniuses? Is it for our kids to grow up rich and successful in the eyes of the world? Is our end-goal one which results in comparing ourselves to others? Do we see our children’s ultimate success as a means of proving our own self-worth or abilities as home educators? As homeschool parents, we are not above losing our focus and falling prey to these and other such traps.
The world prides itself on building a life of self-gratification, indulgence, and material possessions. That’s not to say all such things are bad. As any loving father does, our heavenly father blesses us with wonderful things He means for us to enjoy and share with others. But they are not the end-all. No. As His children, we are called to far loftier ambitions…ambitions of love and writing a life story based on things eternal. Keeping ourselves focused on this mission can help us make better choices in building our homeschool legacy, and as our pastor shared this past Sunday, the process can be as simple as 1-2-3:
1. Start with the end in mind.
Determine what kind of legacy you want to leave your children. Then picture your family twenty years down the road. Now ask yourself what changes you need to make mentally, spiritually, and relationally in order to make that happen.
2. Invest in People not Things.
What are your long-term goals for your kids? Mine and my husband’s primary goals were to see our boys develop a solid, loving relationship with their Savior, each other, and with us. We wanted to instill a love of learning and of country in our children while teaching them America’s true history. We also wanted to teach them how to be good citizens, leaders, and caring individuals. Of course, we still invested money in the necessary resources to grow our sons academically and in their God-given talents. But, our most valuable investments were by far the time, love, and eternal truths we richly poured into them, each of which contributed to our family’s overall well-being…and ultimately our long-term legacy.
3. Make more Deposits than Withdrawals.
The financial health and prosperity of a business reveals itself in its ability to deposit more money than it withdraws. The same is true when it comes to our family’s health. The more emotional deposits we make in our family’s “account” the more healthy, successful, and beautiful our legacy is likely to be.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-13 does a perfect job of teaching us about the power of love, and it provides us with an ideal springboard from which to build a beautiful family legacy. Linda Ellis’ powerful poem, The Dash, does so as well. But, a creative twist on 1 Corinthians 13 entitled, 1 Corinthians 13 for Homeschool Moms, has also been helpful to me over the years. It has served to keep me focused and reminded me to keep my priorities straight. It has also proven that it truly is God’s love that helps us grow a beautiful homeschool legacy. I hope it serves you equally well in growing YOUR homeschool legacy.
1 Corinthians 13 for Homeschool Moms
Though I teach with the best of skills,
But do not have love,
I am just drawing attention to myself.
And if I have experience, and knowledge of all the best techniques,
And test results proving my effectiveness
But do not have love,
I am wasting my time.
And if I work hard, sacrificing all my money, my time, and my energy
But do not have love,
It adds up to nothing.
The loving teacher is patient with her children, allowing them to learn
According to their God-given temperaments and developmental rates.
She is kind, treating her children respectfully.
She does not compare herself to others.
She does not brag about her accomplishments, and is not smug
About teaching her own children.
She does not try to be like anyone else, but acts appropriate to the way
God made her.
She is not irritable and pushy and insistent upon making her children
Fit into her lesson plans.
She is more concerned with promoting truth and beauty than
With criticizing those who don’t.
She perseveres in developing her own character, believing that God’s ways
Are always best. She is not a quitter.
Love never fails.
If there are creative ideas, they will be replaced.
If there are great curricula, they will be superseded.
If there are effective techniques, they will be improved.
All that we know now is only a part.
Only later will God reveal education at its best.
When I was a child, I had unrealistic expectations.
As an adult, I know better.
Now abideth faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.