Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream. Do you?

46 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech to 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Dr. King’s passionate words are still remembered today. They inspired a generation to set right the racial inequalities that had existed for too long in this great nation.

Do you have a dream? Do you have a vision for your children and your homeschool experience? Or are you just slogging along one day at a time? Every undertaking needs a dream or vision. Positive thinkers are often heard to say, “If you can conceive it you can achieve it.” I’m not so sure I’d agree with those words, but I do believe that we need to have some conception of our goal- a dream or vision toward which we’re striving.

What is your dream for your homeschool ministry? Is it to produce little Einsteins that get a full scholarship to MIT and graduate with honors? Is it to produce little spiritual apostles that lead a great revival in our nation? Is it to produce the world’s most perfect children- the “Ken and Barbie” of their generation? Is it to have your children avoid the mistakes and failures that plagued you in high school or college?

I hope it’s not any of those.

Rather, I hope that your dream is centered around helping your children become precisely who the Lord created them to be; nothing more and nothing less. 1 Sam 15:22 tells us “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord ? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

An old friend many years ago would often say, “Whether you raise the dead, or take a nap today the pay is the same- as long as you’re doing what the Lord told you to do.”

Think about that. It’s profound. Doing great and mighty deeds such as raising the dead is no more “spiritual” than taking a nap as long as you’re doing what the Lord told you to do today. The “pay” of course is the satisfaction of hearing “well done good and faithful servant.” The reward is not from outdoing one another in sacrifice, achievement or “spirituality.” Rather it’s found in simple obedience.

So in terms of your homeschooling, whether your child turns out to be Einstein, a missionary or the President is no more significant than if they turn out to be a soldier, a carpenter or a kindergarten teacher- as long as they’re doing what the Lord created them to do. Your dream needs to line up with God’s vision.

So before you can have a dream, you need to figure out what the Lord is saying about each of your children. Some of that may be revealed in a quiet sense of His gentle voice, or through scripture or from simply observing your child’s gifts and talents. But step by step you need to be dreaming His dream for each of your children. The dream will be fuzzy at age 4; clearer at age 8 and coming into focus by age 16. Every important step you take in homeschool needs to be conceived and organized with a goal of helping each child step into his or her God-created purpose.

The point is simply this: Don’t homeschool the way your neighbor does it or the way the book said to do it. Homeschool the way the Lord shows you to do it- uniquely adapted to the dream He has for each of your children. Prayerfully consider that dream each morning and ask Him to help you unlock another piece of that dream.

Jesus put it this way in John 4:34 “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.'”

Now THERE is a motto for your homeschool! The thing that should feed or sustain you is to do God’s will and finish what He has started when it comes to each of your children. THAT is a dream worth dreaming. Each child is different and His eternal purpose for each of those children is different. Your dream should be to slowly discover that purpose and participate with His will so that HIS work might be finished in each of your children.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. I hope you have one too.

46 years ago today Dr. King delivered his greatest speech- a speech which changed the face of a nation. Sit down with your children today and watch and listen to Dr. King’s words from August 28, 1963.

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2 Responses so far »

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    Tricia O said,

    This is great! Thanks so much Steve!

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    Sheri said,

    What a wonderful reminder. “Don’t homeschool the way your neighbor does it or the way the book said to do it. Homeschool the way the Lord shows you to do it- uniquely adapted to the dream He has for each of your children.”


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