Did you wake up this morning thinking, "Wow, what I do during our homeschooling today could shape the world"? Probably not, but that doesn't negate the fact that every homeschooling decision you make influences your child. Homeschooling parents can easily forget the important, long-term effect of their teaching and the potential it has to shape the world. Like a hybrid seed, God will someday use the academics you teach, the beliefs you instill, and the character you nurture in your child to change the world. Hundreds, if not thousands, of lives will feel the impact of your child's godly actions due to your faithfulness in homeschooling. Yes, what you do today as a homeschooling parent has a far-reaching effect and really does make a difference now and for eternity!

As Christians, God commands us to go into the world and be salt and light. However, Satan wants to rob us of our small acts of Christ-like love to others by convincing us they don't really matter. After all, what difference does it make if you call your elderly neighbors to tell them you're thinking of them or you bring freshly baked cookies to the working mother who lives next door? Each act really does illuminate the world with God's love.

Do you realize how much your Christian charity changes the world? Your faithful, small acts of love bring help, hope, and encouragement to many. If you doubt the importance of your loving acts, imagine for a moment what the world would look like if all the Christians were gone. "Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness" (2 Corinthians 9:10).

Father, thank You for placing me in this world to glorify You. Give me wisdom to homeschool my children, so they will also bear much fruit for You and bring Your light to a dark world. In the name of Jesus, Amen.