“So, how is it going with homeschooling?” I asked a friend not too long ago, while in our church parking lot.
“Uh…okay, I guess. I just don’t feel called to it,” was her reply. Called. I’d never thought about homeschooling in that light.
Homeschooling as a calling.
Rewind to a few years ago. As a public school teacher (before kids), I repeated this mantra to myself and anyone else who would listen, “I will never homeschool.” (Never say “never”, right?) The year before my eldest would go off to school for Kindergarten, I decided to keep him at home with me.
I was expecting my third child and felt like he would miss out on getting to know her if he was in pre-school. Plus, he’d been in pre-school since two years of age and I wanted to spend some extra time with him. Since I had teaching in my blood, I planned educational activities for us to do together about three times a week.
He enjoyed it and I did, too; although I didn’t really want to admit it. Especially at first. As his Kindergarten year approached, my heart began to soften to the idea of homeschooling. His did, too. His mantra became, “Mommy, you’re going to be my Kindergarten teacher.”
Several friends encouraged me to pray about it and leave the door open to the idea. So I did. Then a strange thing happened. I felt utterly compelled to homeschool. I could not imagine doing anything else. An overwhelming peace took over me that trumped my “never” card. Called.
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What does this calling mean to me? Three things specifically come to mind:
1. My calling anchors me, especially on those trying days of whiny children and chaos in the schoolroom (which, if I must be completely honest, happens almost every day). Being called to something doesn’t mean we can count on perfection or even happiness. But I can have peace, knowing I’m doing what I’ve been called to do, no matter what happens. I am constantly reminded that my calling surpasses my circumstances.
2. My calling reminds me that we are all called to different things. Each one of us has unique gifts and talents; made for a unique purpose. And unique meaning: not all the same. My calling to homeschool may not be your calling. And there’s complete freedom in that. As a matter of fact, I am most thankful for this! If we all had the same calling, there would be no uniqueness to any of us.
3. My calling assures me that I have a Father in Heaven who knows me best and has a plan for my life. He gently calls me through His Word, other people, my passions, and His still, small voice. I am also assured that because of His love for me, He will let me know when I am not called to something. I can fully trust Him as He calls me to follow Him.
What about you? Have you ever thought about homeschooling as a calling?
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