By Their Fruits
How long do you need to teach your children at home before you "officially" become a homeschool family? Like the tests that evaluate a child's academic performance, you can assume homeschooling has arrived at your house when the following are true:
You have more books in your house than groceries.
Your children show up for school in their pajamas.
Your house décor consists of timelines, maps, assorted craft projects, and half-finished science experiments.
Your trips to the library require a laundry basket to hold all the books.
Your refrigerator is perpetually covered in art projects and completed assignments.
Your children think reading history is best achieved while lying on your bed with the family's cats.
Your kitchen pantry holds more school supplies than cooking supplies.
Your children's favorite classmates are their siblings.
Christians, too, have distinct marks that help us gauge whether we are growing more like Christ. In Galatians 5:22 we read of fruits that should be displayed if we are truly following the Lord — love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. As these fruits become more evident in our lives, we can trust the Holy Spirit is working to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). What about your life? Is there fruit that proves you're a follower of Jesus? "Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16a).
Lord, thank You for the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Let my actions demonstrate Your love not only to my family, but also to the world. In Jesus' name, Amen.