Back to School Charge

Back to School Charge

Back to School Charge

With the return of August is the flurry of back to school shopping and the frantic last chance vacations as we all get ready to return to the regulative pace of the school year. Finally, it has arrived, this morning in Clay County, while the sun rose just as it always had, our children knew today this sunrise would bring a much different day. As a pastor of a local church, our church family is heavily impacted by education. On this back to school day, I’d like to issue a challenge to our families in the education season of life. I love each and every one of you and you deserve some plain talk.

To our Public School Families

Be on Mission:
You are entering a mission field. If ever you were looking for a place where the broken hearted and the down and out gather… yep, just look at your nearest school. From underfunded, stressed out teachers, to administrators that have to answer phone calls from maniacal helicopter parents, from the bus driver who never gets a thank you, to the 1st grader who knows the next meal won’t come until the next school day, from the parent at the football game shouting at the coach on the sidelines because for a moment it makes him forget about how his own life has crumbled, to the kid on the field struggling with his own identity and value in this world. Yes, you are in the middle of a mighty mission field. Take time this school year to befriend the friendless, teach the unteachable, and appreciate the forgotten. Get out of the holy huddles and go be more like Jesus.

Be in Community:
If all you ever do is pour out then it’s not a matter of if, but when you will run out. You need to be active in a local church. Ok, so sometimes church is a bit outdated so we’re told, sometimes they make decisions you don’t like, and yes, even sometimes people in the church hurt you by their sin, but you need the church. We all need a church. It is the vehicle through which God has called us to be equipped to do the work of ministry. Don’t tell me how much you love Jesus if you don’t have time to love on and be with His church.

To our Home School Families

Be on Mission:
Oh how we wish we could just wrap our children up in a bubble and protect them from the mess in this world, but that hellish mindset has got to change. It is antithetical to the Great Commission and makes a mockery of the role of God in our lives. It is God who will guide and guard your child, it is you who must train your child for the realities they will face. Any successful homeschool family must not miss out on the missional opportunities afforded to you. I know Disney is less crowded now, but honestly, if you go you’ll be too tired to bring your kids to Wednesday night Bible study. Take your children to soup kitchens to serve. Take them to the park, not to play, but to clean up trash. One of the best ideas I heard recently came from Dr. Tony Evans church where their homeschool families volunteer at the local public school as reading buddies, math coaches, and various other roles. A good homeschool family is a mission-minded family.

Be in Community:
I never thought the day would come but it has arrived. In my years of training at seminary, I never thought I would write these words. Homeschool families, be in church. There I said it. Life is not any busier than it ever has been, you’re just more distracted. Just because you educate your children in the home, does not mean that they will never leave their faith like those public school kids do when they go off to college. Homeschool kids leave God every single year. When God’s family is not a priority in the homeschool, don’t be surprised when the only time your grandchildren attend church is on Easter Sunday. One of the most important atmospheres for discipleship and maturity is through the vehicle of the local church. Don’t neglect that subject while you’re working on math and science.

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