To God Be the Glory
"So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase" (1 Corinthians 3:7).
One reason for the success of our homeschooling was the fact that my husband and I complemented each other in our personalities and abilities. He was the explorer and adventurer who loved to take the children on impromptu field trips to see and experience new things. I, on the other hand, loved staying home by the stuff with the comfort and familiarity of the day's homeschooling schedule. Our children loved both aspects of this team-teaching approach, including the secure, repetitive learning environment of my teaching and the surprise learning experiences Dad created. Homeschooling was never a one-man show. We both shaped our children's lives, and we both felt the rewards of seeing their educational success.
The apostle Paul realized, too, that he was not the only one who successfully preached the Gospel message to the early churches. Although he certainly could have taken credit for much of the work, Paul recognized the work of Apollos and other disciples. Rebuking the Corinthians for taking sides, Paul said, "Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man" (1 Corinthians 3:5)? Each did the work God gave him to do, "but God gave the increase" (1 Corinthians 3:6b).
Are you ever tempted to think your family's homeschooling success lies solely on you? Just as the responsibilities are not yours alone, neither are the blessings. As a family, you come together and learn from each other and God. The credit for whatever success comes from your homeschooling efforts really belongs to God. He is the One who gives the increase and the One who should receive the glory!
Lord, help me to humbly remember I am only a vessel used by You to teach the hearts of my children. You are the reason we homeschool and the reason for our success. I praise You and give You all the glory. Because of Jesus, Amen.