The board in our kitchen sports a new message every few weeks or so. Sometimes it's a verse we're working on, sometimes it's a reminder to be kind, other times it's a thought we wish to permeate our lives.
This summer we've been camped on one main motto:
We're here to please, live, breathe, and give glory to One. If what we are choosing to do doesn't glorify God, love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, strength, and love our neighbor as ourselves, then it ought not be done. Beyond that, however, is freedom.
Freedom from the lists of man. Freedom from someone else's idea of what a sanctified life looks like. Freedom from trying to please an audience bigger than One.
Recently in our Sunday School time at church, we were discussing idol worship, and suggestions were given as to what modern day idols might be. "Money!", someone volunteered. "Sports!", yelled another. As I sat at the back table with my little ones and a box of crayons I couldn't help thinking, "Those are the easy ones." Who among us in a church of passionate believers really places those things above God?
The idols in our lives tend to creep in under the auspices of godliness: Homeschooling. Family integrated worship. Modesty.
Ouch. Did I hurt you? I didn't mean to. It's just that the longer I walk this path of home education, the more I see people dropping off the cliff of self-righteousness and formulaic spirituality. Formulas do not save. Ideologies don't either.
Take your children to the cross. While there, lay down all of those things that stand in the way of Christ's redemptive work in their lives. Get yourself out of His way. There is only One who saves, and it is for Him we live and breathe.