A Bird in the Hand

Do you know that old saying? “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” It means that you shouldn’t fret over the things you don’t have, but rather you should be thankful for what you already have safely in your hand. There are many uncertainties associated with any undertaking and homeschooling is no different.

What “birds” do you have in your hand right now? You have your health, your children, the right to legally homeschool those children, a house, mobile home or apartment in which to teach them, at least some basic tools with which to teach them, and the desire to teach them. That’s quite a few “birds” already.

What birds remain “in the bush” for you? A large, well-organized, dedicated homeschool room? A bigger homeschooling budget? High speed internet? A new computer? More money for field trips? A supportive spouse, parents or in-laws? Those would all be lovely to have and perhaps someday you will have them. But don’t miss out in the present tense by spending all your time wishing for things you don’t have. You have everything you need to homeschool successfully right now- safely in your hand. Give thanks today for the “bird in your hand” instead of spending all your time wishing you had the “two birds” that are in the bush. You’ll be amazed at how a thankful spirit will brighten your homeschool experience.

Talk with your children today about that old saying and invite them to look “the birds in their hand” compared to their “birds in the bush.” Perhaps they’ve been longing for a new videogame system, new baseball equipment, a new bicycle or a new computer system. Remind them that while they’re pining away for what they don’t have, they could be enjoying the many things they do have- already safely in hand. Every minute spent wishing for something new is a minute that could have been spent enjoying what we already have.

Talk with your children with these verses that remind us to give thanks for what we already have…

1 Chr. 16:34

1 Thess 5:18

James 4:13-14


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