Why do I home school? #12. Perseverance
Perseverance: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition
The best visual example of character training for me was given by Sonya Shafer at the Teach Them Diligently home school conference. She compared it to a professional plate spinner. They start with only one plate and get it spinning. Then they add the second plate and give the first one a little tap. Add a third and tap the second plate. So on and so on.
Character training works the same way. Begin with one trait, master it. Add a second, master it. Add another....then go back and give reminders as the need arises.
When I first began home schooling and character training the amount of training and teaching that needed to be done was overwhelming. To the point of tears and wanting to quit, overwhelming!!
However, when viewed as one trait, one math problem, one spelling word, one science lesson at a time it became much more manageable. I didn't have to do 13 years of teaching on the first day of kindergarten!!! The parenting and home school journey is a marathon that most definitely has "difficulty and delay in achieving success." But when I started on day one of school 7 1/2 years ago, God didn't give me the grace I would need for this day in 2018. He gave me what I needed for day one on day one and he gave me what I needed for today, today. That's how He works. Isn't He kind!?! My job is to fix my eyes on Jesus and persevere one .day. at. a. time.
This is a character trait that can be taught when the opportunity presents itself in those valuable life lessons that present themselves daily. And a trait I have to teach by example. Lord, help me be a good example of perseverance in my children's' life!
Hebrews 12:1a-2 Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.