As I was laying in bed unable to go back to sleep, I was mulling over some different things in my head. Wondering why some homeschoolers are very committed to their calling, and others not so committed. The parable of the sower came to mind.
Homeschooling is much like the Christian … some Christians are on fire for God their entire life, others are lukewarm, and even others get sidetracked and lose their way.
13:1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears,  let him hear.ESV
There are some people that try homeschooling– maybe because “everybody else” is doing it, or because their child has had difficulties with a teacher, or other such problem. These parents find that it is hard work having their children home all day. They'd rather be doing their own thing or working in a job that gives them “satisfaction”. So they surrender and send their kids back to secular school the next year. The seed is devoured by the birds.
Then there are some that are all excited about homeschooling their children. They go buy all the latest books and cirriculumn and make their plan. They are very excited about homeschooling their children. But then come the hard years– you know they years we all dread… high school and they doubt. So they send their children into the secular schools. They were scorched.
Third, are those that start out strong, excited about what they are doing. But they listen to the “experts” and their “friends”and those around them that doubt and before you know it, their children are enrolled in the local government school district. These ladies are the ones that put in a lot of hours volunteering at the school, substitute teach or work in the school where their child is so they can feel good about what they are doing. They are choked out of home educating their children.
Lastly, are those that stick to it. Through thick and thin. They know it is God's calling on their life. Oh, that doesn't mean there aren't days when we'd like to march them down to the secular school and enroll them. It just means that we work through the difficulties, trusting God that all things work together for good for those that love him and are called according to His purpose. These are the home educators that are doing it out of conviction. And are producing grain, sometimes even a hundred- fold. How can that be? As a second generation home educator, my hubby has already multiplied his grain 5 fold (counting me). As our children marry and have children, they will multiply Shane's grain by many more.
Where has your seed fallen?