The Balloon Boy Speaks to Homeschoolers

Whether you saw it on live TV or on the news after the fact, few of us are unaware of the story of the runaway mylar balloon that supposedly was carrying a 6-year-old boy last week.

It turns out that authorities are likely to file charges against the family because the entire event was contrived to gather publicity for a possible upcoming reality television show.

How often do we do something in hopes of being noticed. Or perhaps how often do we not actually DO something- but simply WANT to be noticed. We want publicity for the sacrifices we’re making homeschooling.

Here’s the vital truth we ALL need to remember: God sees.

We perform for an audience of One. Even if our family and friends don’t appreciate what’s going on, God does. Even if our HUSBAND doesn’t appreciate the sacrifice we’re making sometimes, the Lord sees!

Talk with your children today about the eternal truth that we don’t need to make a big deal to seek attention. The Lord knows what’s going on.

Take a look at Matthew 6:16-18 When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Did you follow that? NO publicity agents for doing what we’ve been asked to do. We don’t need a public relations campaign and we don’t need to pull any media stunts to get the attention we crave. Do what the Lord has shown you to do in the knowledge that HE will see your obedience.

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3 Responses so far »

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    Meredith said,

    Lately I’ve been struggling over my wallflower status in life. I need this reminder. Bless you, Steve.

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    Jennifer said,

    I need this reminder, too. Oftentimes I find myself doing the right things, and then waiting for some sort of recognition from men. I know it’s wrong, and I realize that even in the midst of it, but I struggle with pride more often than I care to admit. Thanks for this post.

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    Deven said,

    Wonderful reminder of who we live this life for! Thank you.


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