Thursday, March 4, 2010

Discipline versus Grace

An area of worry that I have in this homeschooling journey is that I will become easily frustrated if Dawson doesn't "get into it" the way I am planning to "get into it".

But isn't that why I am frustrated at the public school system?

The answer to that is a resounding, "Yes!"

Dawson will have his own level of involvement and level of interest and level of excitement. And it will likely not line up with mine. His and my personalities are completely opposite. This will be an area where I need to adapt more than him.

In my daily devotional from Proverbs 31, these words were spoken by Lysa TerKeurst:

But they weren't acting the way I wanted them to. I wanted them sitting up straight, drinking in the message, and taking notes.

Suddenly, an annoying little thought started to tug at the corners of my mind. "You want your children to act perfectly because it makes you look good. Let that go. They don't need to be sitting up straight furiously taking notes to hear God's message. This is a beautiful time for grace."

This spoke to my heart. This reminded me that I will need to administer an equal dose of grace with the discipline. And, that it's not about me .. it's about him. He can learn without doing it the way I would do it, and learn it well and enjoy it at the same time.

You can go here to read her full devotional on this topic.

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