Shaping the World

Did you wake up this morning thinking, "Wow, what I do during our homeschooling today could shape the world"? Probably not, but that doesn't negate the fact that every homeschooling decision you make influences your child. Homeschooling parents can easily forget the important, long-term effect of their teaching and the potential it has to shape the world. Like a hybrid seed, God will someday use the academics you teach, the beliefs you instill, and the character you nurture in your child to change the world. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives will feel the impact of your child's godly actions due to your faithfulness in homeschooling. Yes, what you do today as a homeschooling parent has a far-reaching effect and really does make a difference now and for eternity!

As Christians, God commands us to go into the world and be salt and light. However, Satan wants to rob us of our small acts of Christ-like love to others by convincing us they don't really matter. After all, what difference does it make if you call your elderly neighbors to tell them you're thinking of them or you bring freshly baked cookies to the working mother who lives next door? Each act really does illuminate the world with God's love.

Do you realize how much your Christian charity changes the world? Your faithful, small acts of love bring help, hope, and encouragement to many. If you doubt the importance of your loving acts, imagine for a moment what the world would look like if all the Christians were gone. "Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness" (2 Corinthians 9:10).

Father, thank You for placing me in this world to glorify You. Give me wisdom to homeschool my children, so they will also bear much fruit for You and bring Your light to a dark world. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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CATHY A 03/10/2009 07:46:21

I look forward to reading your devotions every morning! They give me such encouragement and they are so full of "truth". I love how you speak so truthfully regarding life's issues and our human weakness. God has blessed you with telling us what we need to hear and with such grace!! Todays devotion is the very thing besides the love of Christ and doing everything for Him, is what keeps me going when I start feeling sorry for myself. I have to take a deep breath and remember what lies ahead and that I will do whatever the Lord directs me to because He is so trustworthy and in loving others by sacrificing self, as He did, is what brings true happiness! God bless you always!

GAIL P 03/11/2009 07:49:13

I love the devotionals and am able to do them before our homeschooling session starts. Yesterday it didn't come until 11:30 !!! ( is is not here yet today at 10:50 a.m.. I miss it !! Can we "fix " this ?? Gail P

BLENDA G 03/10/2010 09:10:24

God is so awesome to speak through you! I was a little down today, homeschool hasn't been that great lately, but God knows what I need! He spoke to me through this devotion. I was blessed and encouraged! God put the joy and peace back in my heart after reading this. Our Godly little act of kindness is not in vain.

ELAINE P 03/10/2011 05:40:35

Thank you again for another nudge of encouragement. These devotionals are so beautiful and timely. It warms the soul of the home school parent, and lifts their spirits each day. Certainly an inspiration from God!

CARLA D 03/16/2011 16:56:16

I had to repent because I had never looked at homeschooling my children this way. Wow...

DORIS L 03/10/2012 04:27:29

I like the devotion. It is lighten my day everyday. In my country, it is a abnorm for homescholing. This devotion is the ond keep me go on everyday. Thanks.

shelly mccreary 03/12/2013 19:07:12

Thank you so much for these devotions. Sometimes I go through times as a new homeschool mom feeling that I am not doing things right and second guessing myself but I read this and realize that the most important thing is training up my children in Christ. Thank you.

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