A new school year is starting. I started making new checklists for the kids and trying to finalize all that they should do in a day. The more I worked on this, the more panicked about this school year I got. I’m sure some of you can relate.
Team Hogan is entering our 5th year of homeschooling. We have a great lifestyle of learning. My children learn more every day, and yet, as I started to figure out when to have spelling tests or what to use as copywork each day, the panic set in. I lost sight of the goal.
Daily, I have to remember to keep my eyes on the goal. Earlier this spring, I wrote about designing my day with the destination in mind, but somehow in the nitty-gritty details, I often lose sight of the goal.
What is the goal? What do I want for my children this year? in 5 years? in life?
I want them to:
- know God and make Him known (There is so much packed into this, isn’t there?)
- be lifelong learners
- have the skills necessary to learn anything they want or need to learn
- love each other and to show God’s love to everyone
So, while I do need to have spelling tests, I also need to keep running this race God has set before us. Looking unto the author and finisher of my faith as I run this race is the only way I’ll have any success.
The kids and I will be reading through Philippians as a part of our morning devotions. Paul prays for the believers in Philippi saying:
- “that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment,
- that you may approve the things that are excellent,
- that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
His prayer really mirrors what I want for my children. I printed these verses out and hung them by my computer. I have been praying these verses for my children and myself as we begin this new year.
I wanted to share what I’ve been going through because I am sure I’m not the only one who gets stressed out at the beginning of the school year. I hope to encourage you to keep your eyes on your goal even as you are getting the year started.