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John 15:13 Greater love hath no one than this, that one lays down his life for his friends.

‘I never thought in my comfortable American life, I would ever see a person lay down his life for another, but in my years of homeschooling, I have seen some do just that. Over and over, I see mothers and fathers with a committed force about them as they say, ‘We homeschool.’

There is when one lays down his life for another. The one he lays it down for is not facing a firing squad or a torture unimaginable. No, the one he is laying it down for is usually not even aware of the sacrifice being made.

We, homeschool parents, have all had the same conversations with others, and heard statements like, ‘Oh, I could never homeschool, I don’t have that kind of patience. Or, ‘I enjoy my job and we really need the money.’ And how about, ‘I could never be that organized.’ You get the picture. All these statements suggest that homeschool moms have an extraordinary amount of patience and organizational skills. That we did not like our chosen profession. That we do not need or miss the money we could be earning. Well, let me dispel all those ideas right now. You see, we do not miraculously homeschool our children based on our own abilities, or because of our dedication to their education and love for them. We are only able to homeschool them because of our love for Him.

Human love and affection for our children would not in and of itself cause a person to have the long-suffering strength it takes to continue to homeschool day after day. Love for our children, though a tremendous force, would not allow us to ‘lay down our life’. Our own desires would get in the way. However, because of our love for Him, we get up, regardless of how we might feel, and in good cheer, we meet and greet, feed and wash, read and write, cook and clean, discipline, tuck in, say ‘amen’ and cause the little children to come unto Jesus every day that we go without pay, or sleep, or just our own way. We have made the decision to lay down our life before Jesus – our talents, degrees, desires and careers. We have lost what we thought our life was about and discovered what life really is . . . It is love . . . Love found in Christ . . . Measured by sacrifice . . . And extraordinary to common man. “

These are the words I spoke to a group of parents several years ago and I post it today to mark the end of my 10 year homeschooling career. All of my children are now “in school”. Even when I stood behind the podium, as I spoke to those parents on that spring day, I knew our homeschool experience was not an indefinite one. While we took each year one at a time in terms of whether it would be a homeschool year, we still had an “end date” in mind. We have now reached that date.

Such mixed emotions for me! Not trusting I could find the words to describe those emotions, I end with this: (the same words I ended with that day)

Matthew 16:25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, will find it.

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