“Why would you want to stay at home with your kids? Are you NUTS?” Have you ever heard these questions when you told someone you decided to homeschool your children? Most homeschooling parents have at one time or another. We are a different breed that receives little or no recognition from the world for our efforts. Expecting applause or appreciation for teaching our own children are dreams we have long since given up, along with paychecks and promotions. So, how does a homeschooling parent cope with the lack of support and affirmation he needs to continue educating his children at home?

God’s Word gives us the answer in Matthew 10:42: “And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.” Although the world does not value a homeschooling parent, God says that even giving a drink to a thirsty child has a reward. How much more God has planned for us parents who have chosen to sacrifice our dreams for our children’s future!

Knowing that our heavenly Father sees and cares is enough to encourage us to remain faithful. Even though no one else understands, we can choose to respond to His promise: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24). Let the Lord’s love be enough for you today as you start another year of homeschooling. Someday you will receive a full reward for all you have done. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).

Father, forgive me when I feel sorry for myself or complain that no one appreciates me. I know You love me and value my obedience in homeschooling my children. Help me to remain faithful and humble to give You the glory in all that I do. In Your Son’s name, Amen.