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The Homeschool Lifestyle: The Foundation

The Homeschool Lifestyle: Christ is the Foundation

Have you ever built a sand castle either on the beach or in a sandbox? You work so hard to collect the sand into piles or buckets, add enough water to make it stick, compact the sand so it retains the shape you want, and repeat this cycle for what seems like hours at a time. It’s fun, it’s soothing, and it taps into the creative part of your brain. And boy does it feel good to get some sunshine while doing it!

You finally finish your chateau masterpiece, and you’re ready to play, or add on more rooms, letting your imagination run wild. 

And then…a run away four square ball slams into the sand pit, or an overachieving wave comes ashore, and overwhelms your fortress. Your walls just couldn’t stand up against the power of the giant sphere that landed on it, nor the typhoon that swelled against your impenetrable tower. 

What happened?! You took such painstaking care to mix just the right amount of water to the sand and pack it down with all your strength, forming bricks with which to build your dream dwelling.

If you ask professional sand sculptors how to make a sturdy sand castle they will let you in on a little secret…you need to begin with a solid foundation. Yes, even sand can be made sturdier with a good, solid foundation in place.

Yes, sand will eventually crumble with enough pressure or when exposed to the elements, but when a strong foundation is laid first, you have a starting point from which to build fairly solid walls of sand. You have a starting point to come back to and begin again. When everything around you crumbles, the foundation remains.

Scripture also imparts this lesson in Matthew 24:26-27, which says, “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

When we hear the word “foundation”, we often think of houses and buildings. A structure needs a solid foundation on which to be built, otherwise it is in danger of crumbling to the ground and destroying everything and everyone in it. As houses and buildings age, oftentimes the owners will keep vigilant watch on the foundational structure to ensure continued safety for the people who live, work, or play within its walls. If fortification is needed, steps are taken to bolster the structure. A strong foundation means the building can last for decades or centuries.

The same holds true in your homeschool. A solid foundation is needed on which to build every other aspect to ensure your family is strong and sturdy for the journey ahead.  And since homes have foundations, and you are homeschooling, we will keep this analogy of the home throughout this short series on homeschooling as a lifestyle. 

I know, it may be a little cheesy, but it works, so we’re rolling with it. You’re welcome.

So, on what foundation can we build our homeschool, and make homeschooling our lifestyle and not just an education option?

I’m sure you guessed it already…Jesus! He is the foundation upon which you build everything else.

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  – 1 Corinthians 3:10-11

A house built on the Lord is a house built on wisdom. Knowledge can come from anywhere; wisdom comes from God. As a Christian we are called to a lifestyle that reflects Christ. This means our homeschool should reflect Christ too.

It can be easy to get wrapped up in the core subjects, state graduation requirements, college entry expectations, records, grades, and calendars. The above doesn’t mean much if you have not laid a solid foundation in Christ. Jesus is the foundation, and the subjects are built upon Him. We can look at Math, Science, Literature, Social Studies, History, and the like through the lens of God. His hand is all over these topics, and He reveals himself to us through our interactions with the world around us.

Why is it important that Christ is the foundation? Because what God makes, Satan looks to destroy. We see the evidence of this destruction when school subjects report the world’s theories as fact, or when what God has said is unacceptable is taught as acceptable, normal human behavior. Keeping Christ as the center gives us the vision we need to see through the noise of the world’s lies, to the Truth of God.

Math isn’t just a way to manipulate numbers, it reflects God’s order and sequence. Science is more than a study of the world around us, it’s a method by which we can marvel at His design for Creation. Social Studies, History, and Literature gives us a glimpse into the minds, habits, beliefs, and day to day lives of other human on the planet. Why do they think like they do? Why do they do what they do? Why have we not learned from the people that walked the earth before us? When problems arise, how do various people groups seek solutions; how do they attempt to make life better, or work to continue to make it worse for those around them?

When you homeschool your children, you have the opportunity to not only teach them about Jesus, but a chance to show them the world through the lens of Scripture, which is God’s instruction and lesson manual for dwelling on earth.

Further, you, as the parent, have an open platform to share your personal faith journey, how you came to believe, why you came to believe, and how you have confidence to still believe, no matter what may happen. You have a captive audience watching you walk out your faith on a daily basis.

You have the freedom to read Scripture together, discuss what was read, compare it to the world, and answer questions your kids have about harder to understand concepts.

You also have the opportunity to explore other religions without a biased slant. It’s valuable for your children to understand other faiths, their beliefs and practices, why they believe what they believe, how the religion came to be, and how it affects the believers daily life. This is important for a Christian to know, as it gives us space to see pros and cons to other religious practices and gives us areas to discuss with people of others faiths so that we can witness to them about Jesus. Understanding opens up discussion, respect, and trust. Knowing a little about the person with whom you are interacting can “earn you the right” to have a real, open, and honest conversation.

Faith isn’t inherited; it isn’t something you can put in your will. While you discuss your personal faith and the faiths of others, you can guide your children to taking ownership of their own faith. Listening to your experience, the experience of other Christians, and learning how different those of other faiths live their lives can help solidify their relationship with Jesus in their own life. What a blessing for a parent to see their children walk faithfully with the Lord! What a blessing to be able to know that when your child grows and leaves the home, that their own home will be built on the foundation of Christ!

Like all aspects of life, homeschooling begins with Jesus. Pray over your homeschool. Ask for guidance and clarity as you decide goals for the home and the family for the year. Ask for guidance in choosing curriculum, in scheduling, and in which activities to be involved.

Make Christ the foundation of your homeschool!

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