Imagine for a moment that you are making a quilt. You are collecting scraps of fabric in all different colors; these scraps represent the different areas of our lives. Perhaps they represent; home, work, housekeeping, friendships, hobbies, and so on.
As you lay out all the pieces you see how some pieces work together and others don’t exactly fit the color scheme. You search and search for the right materials but nothing is working. Sadly, many of us are in this exact predicament with an area of our lives.
Our relationship with God should be the thread that runs through every quilt square of our lives. It holds the pieces together but is also such a unique color that it actually makes all the parts work together and creates harmony. Now, and only now, can the quilt be used for its intended purpose.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our children had that thread from the start?
Because of this I know we should not be complacent as homeschoolers/parents/families who just also happen to be Christians. As Christians, we are fulfilling one of our responsibilities in the kingdom, by raising, training and educating our children in God’s Word. We also know we have a jealous God. He wants our time, attention and devotion. He wants to be the center of our lives.
Part of training our children is to encourage the growth of a personal relationship between our children and God. This doesn’t mean that we do not need to teach math or language-not by any means at all. What I am talking about is facilitating a relationship with our Savior and creating a Biblical world-view foundation.
Think about it. When we create a building we first need to create a foundation. The smaller the foundation, the smaller the building. I would struggle to find a parent who would say they are satisfied knowing they provided an environment only capable of producing small foundations.
I believe the greatest way we can facilitate our children’s foundation building is by spending quality time with them. Engage in meaningful discussions, even with very young children. Bring our conversations and questions to their level. Encourage them to think before answering. Play games, read aloud, and do chores together. Earn their trust in the little things and you will see them grow to trust you with the larger things. Let them see that you have struggles too and let them see how you turn to God for the answers because what they see you do will impact them either by how your actions do or do not line up with you words. It isn’t about being “perfect” but about showing them how to lean on the One Who is perfect in all His ways.