“A higher state of mind and spiritual vision can only be achieved through the higher practice of personal character. If you live up to the highest and best that you know in the outer level of your life, God will continually say to you, ‘Friend, come up even higher.’” — Oswald Chambers. My Utmost for His Highest
I believe the hardest aspect about homeschooling is that your kids know you love them and that you would die for them; so they tend to take you, the teacher, for granted. There is no fear of the principal’s office and no looming peer pressure to worry about. They can lay their self-centeredness and stubbornness on the table because, really, what’s the worst thing that could happen?
As intimacy grows, fear and apprehension decrease. A comfortable, worry-free atmosphere becomes fertile soil for security, confidence and boldness; however, the weeds of arrogance, selfishness and laziness also sprout their wily roots. I stay busy plucking out the weeds of sin from my kids’ lives while simultaneously protecting their beautiful growths of godliness. Needless to say, this mama is constantly grooming three amazing little gardens that are chock-full of potential.
I’ve also noticed that as my intimacy with Jesus deepens, I have to remember that He is the God of the Universe. Jesus is so profound and so awesome that no matter how comfortable I feel in my relationship with Him, there are intense parts of His nature that I have not experienced. I trust that I’m saved by grace and nothing can change that fact, but my salvation is just the beginning. Jesus is my teacher, and He wants to teach me every day. He has a curriculum for my life, and homework is mandatory.
I know how it feels to have complaining students dragging their feet to school every morning. And I always pray that my kids would have a better attitude and be excited to learn with me. But, here I am doing the same thing to my Teacher! I’m in a season of dragging my feet with Christ, finding it difficult to sit at the heavenly school table with Him. I don’t want to give up sleep. I don’t want to dig deeper in the Word. I don’t want to do the busywork involved in learning from Him.
I groan and moan and justify my laziness with all the work I’ve already completed for Him. But God’s not done with me yet. He wants to graduate me to the next level, but why should He when my attitude totally stinks? I’ve gotten so comfortable in the amazing grace of Christ that I’ve forgotten to fear my Lord. What an awesome privilege I have every day to learn from my Creator. I’m determined to give myself and attitude adjustment quickly, so my teacher knows that I’m 100% excited and honored to be His student.
Questions: Are you spending time learning from Jesus every day? If your answer is yes, do you think He wants to take you to the next level? If your answer is no, how can you change your schedule and attitude to joyfully make time for Him?
“O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do” (Psalm 71.17 NLT).
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