43 years ago today…

… the first episode of Star Trek aired on television. And for the first time we began to hear those now familiar sayings Beam me up, Scotty and To boldly go where no man has gone before.

Gene Roddenberry’s brainchild would eventually spawn six television series and eleven feature films. So what does that have to do with homeschooling? I thought you’d never ask!

The most obvious connection is that there are days when every homeschool mother wants to shout Beam me up, Scotty! Or in non-trekkie-speak perhaps it’s Calgon, take me away!

That’s the nature of all difficult tasks we undertake. There are days where we wonder whether or not we’re going to be able to do this thing!

But the more important link is found in the phrase To boldly go where no man has gone before. Or in this case perhaps, To boldly go where no WOMAN has gone before! Oh, don’t misunderstand- there have been homeschoolers since the beginning of human life on earth. In fact, there were ONLY homeschoolers throughout most of history and in most of the world.

But no woman has ever gone specifically where you’re going. Your trip is unique. Your children’s personalities are unique. Your personality is unique. Their learning styles are unique. Your teaching style is unique. Your home, family, living situation, resources and opportunities are all unique. No woman has ever gone where you are going.

It’s a fantastic voyage- no less remarkable than sailing through the stars. And you need to give yourself TIME to become comfortable in your new role. Time is on your side. I just read yesterday that Benjamin Franklin was only schooled from ages eight to ten. That’s it. Just two or three years in total and look at all Franklin accomplished: author, printer, satirist, politician, political theorist, scientist, statesman, political activist, soldier and inventor.

The seeming urgency of the task at hand makes us constantly anxious. We find ourselves wanting to be “beamed up” all too easily. But God didn’t make a mistake when he matched you up with your children. And the task before you is a simple one. All you have to do is die. What? Huh? Who said anything about DYING?

You’ll find that homeschooling, even more than marriage, quickly confronts each issue in your soul that the Lord is working on: perfectionism, impatience, fear of failure, insecurities, jealousy and a dozen other issues. And the sooner you begin to die to those areas in your life the sooner you will boldly go where no woman has ever gone before.

Take a few moments out of your day to watch an episode of Star Trek with your children. Nearly half a century has gone by since that show first aired. Now tell your children a wonderful story- the story of the unique, remarkable voyage that you’re going on together- as a family; the trek of homeschooling.

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