Charlie Brown Speaks to Homeschoolers

On October 2, 1950 Charles Schultz’ first cartoon of “Li’l Folks” (later to be renamed Peanuts) was published, and Charlie Brown was born.

Charlie Brown is every man’s mascot for discouragement. Much like A.A. Milne’s Eeyore, Charlie Brown has a perennially pessimistic attitude toward life.

One of Charlie Brown’s more famous quotes gives us insight into his character: “This is my depressed stance. When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is to straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.”

Or perhaps this: “That’s the secret to life… replace one worthy with another.”

Are you a little like Charlie Brown? Do you have a pessimistic outlook on homeschooling? Does it seem like you fail too often and succeed too rarely? Do you have a special “depressed stance” that you like best? Are you afraid you might to start feel better if you stand differently? Do you tend to replace one homeschool worry with another?

The Psalmist suggests that Charlie Brown just MIGHT be onto something. Looking up MAY make us less depressed. Psalm 121:1-3 ..

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?

My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber

That’s interesting, isn’t it? Charlie Brown suggests that holding our head up high, looking up may ruin a perfectly good depression by causing us to feel better. The Psalmist agrees. I want to encourage you today if you’ve become pessimistic in your outlook on homeschooling (or any OTHER area in your life) to lift up your head and look to the Lord who is our source of help. I think you might be surprised at how much better you’ll begin to feel.

The Lord is MORE than able to help you on your homeschooling journey; to help you complete your task. Look to Him and you won’t be disappointed. He IS watching over you and he NEVER slumbers!


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