Perseverance & Perspective

10 May 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Greetings Peoria area homeschoolers. As we approach the final stretch of the school year, I want to encourage you to persevere to the end and finish well. I also hope your school year has been productive and successful. Perhaps this has been a rough school year with lots of struggles and maybe you feel like you bagged a few failures. Even so, how you measure matters. More importantly, we have a God that works all things for our good. Is it really even possible to fail when you walk will the Almighty God whose reigns in sovereignty? Let me address the ideas of perseverance and perspective together with you.

Scripture is full of stories of people who did not finish well, but we are given several good examples of those who did. Daniel, Joseph, and Elijah are a few of those who finished well. I believe one of the keys to their walking faithfully is perseverance. They each faced exceedingly difficult times, sometimes stretching into years or even decades. How did they do it? I believe they trusted in a sovereign God and they chose to believe the promises made to their fathers. Holding onto His promises keeps hope alive in our hearts. What promises do we have to hold on to? Psalm 63:8 seems like a good place to start: “My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.” Or perhaps Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Wow, with promises like these, it’s no wonder Paul could say that God “causes all things to work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes” (Romans 8:28). Or to quote a more modern theologian, “Help is on the way; round the corner; help is on the way; comin’ for ya.” Ok, so maybe calling TobyMac a theologian is a bit of a stretch, but his words still ring true. Bottom line is this: Perseverance is possible through hope which comes from trusting in God’s promises. Keep pushing through to the end and finish well. God has you covered. Trust in Him.

Now what can I say about perspective? That last bit has hopefully readjusted your perspective towards true north. Let’s talk about measuring success. How do you measure whether your school year has been successful, especially when you’ve had a particularly difficult one? How about starting with remembering what really matters… relationship. Relationship with God, relationship with you spouse, relationship with each of your children. Have all of these grown over this past year? Has God used your difficulties to grow you and strengthen your faith? Remember that God’s plan for you is to sanctify you to prepare you for His presence. Has your patience been stretched? Your salvation challenged? Your sanity questioned? Your math skills exposed? Remember that God has given you that husband or wife as a gift to help you. Your children are also gifts from God to help sanctify you and to fill your life with joy and blessing. James reminds us that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” (James 1:17). Have you thanked God for all these good gifts lately? If your school year included teaching your children about their Heavenly Father who holds them and has their best in mind, then I would say you have had a successful school year. Living a life with mediocre math skills or without understanding Shakespeare is much more doable than living a life without knowing Christ.

As always, the PAACH board desires to help and support you. We pray that your family learns together, grows together with others in community, and glorifies Christ in everything you do.

James Cox
PAACH President


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