It’s already challenging telling others we homeschool. Let alone telling others we Christian Unschool our kids. Which is probably why I veer away from any curriculum discussions with other homeschooling moms and simply let our family know we enjoy a relaxed homeschool.
But let us be honest. It’s not about others and their opinions. It’s about us and our perception of others’ perceptions about us. Right?
I’m oftentimes reminded to turn back to Jesus especially when we get so fixated on different educational theories and trying to defend our choices and back them up with scripture – especially for our skeptics.
Let me always remember no one can understand our hearts and desires as a family nor could they come close to understanding our “positions” we hold as parents for our children if they don’t too have a personal relationship with Jesus.
Even then, many well-meaning Christians find it difficult to understand how God has called us in our work differently than they were called to guide their children. But for some reason they understand the calling of pastors, missionaries and those who serve the Lord in their own unique way, many who live their lives even more directionally dedicated to God than homeschooling.
Now then, let’s really be honest. It’s not about us then is it?
It’s much larger than that.
It’s a movement of individuals called to change course for the purpose of helping God with his canvas creation. We’re all small dots on his large canvas but if dots are missing, the picture is skewed and doesn’t portray the beauty it was meant to show. I imagine all of this similar to how Georges Seurat painted in the 1800s, one of his most famous being A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande.
Blessed be those who fail to see we’re following a narrow path, however unsightly or misunderstood it may be, as laid down by our Savior – our true and eternal Father, companion and teacher.