Friday, July 13, 2012

Homeschool Servants


The biggest goals within our home school is to teach the values of being a servant for Christ. I want to grow to love and serve God WITH my family.

We all want the best for our kids, but we do need to pull back a bit on what the world and society says is the best – and look at God’s best.

Praying for lady in care home
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. 

For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom.  
Galatians 5:13-14 (The Message)

This world is deteriorating quickly and we need servants to be manned to help those around us in crisis – whether emotional, spiritual, or physical. Why can’t our kids be part of the solution too?  We tend to isolate & shelter them into their routine, and if God burdens our hearts for a need, we just do it ourselves around their schedule…IF we can help. 

We tend to be a people of routine, so if school, sports, and friends become the total emphasis of a child, then as an adult that is where their drive will continue.  But if we instill the importance to our children of being the hands of our Savior, then they will grow with a love and importance in their heart to be Jesus' friend to this world.

Now I’m certainly not expecting my kids to shoulder a ton of responsibility, but there's always something they can do so there's an emphasis on being helpful towards people around them, and beyond.

Some ideas are...
  • Serve at a local soup kitchen.
  • If there’s a natural disaster locally, go volunteer to help disperse supplies and be part of the clean up
  • Go to a care home periodically to befriend & pray for the residents.  Many have no one to talk to. Maybe bring flowers for the ladies - or some sort of small gift item of choice.
  • Gather some money in change, make some sandwiches (or whatever you’d like to) and go to a local Laundromat and make someone’s day.
  • Bless someone you know who's having a hard day - Make them a meal, rake & mow their lawn, wash their car...the sky is the limit with what you could do!
  • Serve at a local food pantry. 
  • Volunteer with animal rescues.
Beach Clean-up
I'm loving all the input and wisdom from the blogging community so if you have any other great ideas to add to the list, I'd LOVE to hear them!  I'm putting together a calendar of "servant events" for the up-coming school year and I'm looking for more creative ideas to do with our kids, and the homeschool group I'm putting together for our area (obviously things to do that are within safe areas).