Those who are critical of my goals and dreams simply do not understand the higher purpose to which I have been called. Therefore, their scorn does not affect my attitude or action. I forgive their lack of vision, and I forge ahead. I now know that criticism is part of the price paid for leaping past mediocrity.
The Travellers Gift – Andy Andrews page 139
I have been reading this book. It really spoke to me last night. Then God brought to mind some verses too.
Mr Wonderful is very much against home schooling. We have had some heated discussions about it. He doesnt get home schooling at all. He thinks I am over protecting My Home Schooler. However, I dont think he understands the higher calling that has been bestowed upon me by God. God has given us our children to be cared for by us, in the best way we see fit. I beleive by home schooling My Home Schooler I am fulfilling this. If he had gone to high school next year he would have started on a life to crime I am sure of it. I want so much more for him than that. We are mere guardians of Gods children. He expects us to do a good job. He expects us to raise and train up His and our children in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6).
As hard as it may be sometimes to travel along this road with the scorn that is laid upon it. I cant let it affect me. I know or am pretty sure of the consequences that would have been lying in wait had I left My Home Schooler at school and allowed him to go to high school. I have no alternative but to press on. Whats more I enjoy teaching my son. He has come such a long way since last year too. I know this to be true as his private tutor (whom we now have a long assosiciation with) and My Home Schoolers teacher from last year both have acknowledged it. Through assessment (looking back on what he achieved when at school) I know this too.
I must forgive Mr Wonderful for his lack of understanding. Something I like to think of when I have to forgive someone is when Jesus was dieing on the cross he said “Forgive them Father, they dont know what they are doing” Luke 23:34. Maybe Mr Wonderful doesnt fully understand how this affects me. I cant let him to get to me about this. I am answerable to God and I feel He wants to do the best for My Home Schooler.
I understand too that home schooling is NOT the “normal” way everybody educates their child(ren). Things that are not normal can seem strange, foreign and wrong to some people. I have leapt with both feet into home schooling though (with the knowledge in the back of my ind that if things should warrent it there are other options available). Having done it once before I know exactly what I am doing and yet I am still learning myself as I go. Futhermore I have been to teachers college since the first time and now, which allows me to understand more about teaching. Mr Wonderful would say yes but you were taught to teach preschoolers. However, I remember especially in the first year at uni/teachers college how I would get upset because I could see what Id done wrong in home schooling the first time round. I vowed then to change my ways and not be so demanding. One can learn without a consist hard push push pushing. I learnt too at uni that one can take criticism and use it to good. To shape their practise. Through the fact that I am critised I am a reflective teacher and a reflective teacher is a good one.
I was talking to a friend this morning and was saying to her that I didnt feel convicted by God to home school this time around. People were telling me to and had been for years though. However, having just read this (before publishing it) I think God is either convicting me now or at least urging me to carry on. And this I shall. As I have said before my sons future is what lies at the heart of all this. Thats what matter. Its worth fighting for.