I was recently encouraged, by this year’s graduating class. I graduated four years ago and like some near my age, and probably older as well, I have—not necessarily doubts—but concerns and fears for the upcoming generations. I know what it’s like for them; I’m still going through it. I also realise that a lot of the future depends on them; that’s what everybody tells me.
So this year was good. Our pastor tried something new: the day after our homeschool graduation every grad came to the front of the church and, as a group, answered every question anyone wanted to ask them. Some of them they may not have done too well on, (“Do you clean your room?”) but one was a blessing. Now, the day before, almost every one of them said something to the effect that they put their parents through a lot while growing up and going through school. But when asked if they would homeschool their own children, all nine of them said “Yes”, several emphatically so. They weren’t asked about family size, but if they were I’m sure each of them would say it is totally up to God.
I know those two questions aren’t really the “most pressing” ones and they don’t cover everything, but they are areas that are increasingly under attack, more expensive, and make a difference. This just shows that when you surrender to God’s will and do your best to follow and serve Him through that with joy, your children are likely to catch the vision. They will see that it is worth it even though it will cost. It was good to hear.