The most important influence on your homeschooled child is the environment in which he grows. When parents demonstrate a healthy relationship between each other and the Lord, a child's perspective about himself and his world is influenced for good. Parents who fear the Lord and live according to His Word have a far greater impact on homeschooling's success than parents who worry about having the best curriculum or the latest computer. Giving your child a Christian education, therefore, requires a homeschooling parent to be completely in line with God's will.

The life of Timothy in the New Testament is a wonderful example of a young person who benefited from the godly influence of his family. Timothy enjoyed a relationship with Jesus Christ because he first saw the fruits of a spiritual walk in the lives of his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5). Through their sincere faith, Timothy learned the truth and became a Christian. Later, when meeting the apostle Paul, Timothy proved himself to be a worthy disciple capable of enduring great hardships for the sake of the Gospel.

What kind of example are you setting for your child? In your day-to-day living and homeschooling, is your child seeing you seek God's strength, comfort, and wisdom? Are you serving in humility and incorporating the Scriptures into your decision making? If you want your child to be successful while homeschooling, make sure the example of your life leads him toward Christ instead of away from Him. Even as Paul exhorted young Timothy, "Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12b).

Lord, I stand in awe at the great responsibility You've given me to be a homeschooling parent. Let my life be a testimony of Your unending love and may my children grow to serve You with their whole hearts. In Jesus' name, Amen.