"I can swing higher than you," shouted my oldest daughter to the neighbor children who had come over to play.

"No, you can't," they retorted. "We can swing just as high as you!"

As I washed the dishes and looked out the open kitchen window, I could hear their childish competitive banter and knew trouble was looming. Although taking a break from homeschooling during the summer provided more opportunities for my children's friends to visit, it also required more supervision of their activities. I watched as each child began to swing harder and higher. Just as I decided to dry my hands and walk outside to tell them to stop swinging so high, the entire swing set toppled over and crashed to the ground, along with the children. Fortunately, no one was seriously hurt, but the bumps and bruises taught each of them a valuable lesson in humility.

King Nebuchadnezzar also had to learn the hard lesson of humility before a holy God. After building a huge gold image of himself, he required everyone in the kingdom to bow down in worship. When three young Hebrew captives, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, refused to worship this arrogant king's statue, God proved Himself mighty and delivered them from the fiery furnace and Nebuchadnezzar's wrath (Daniel 3:19-30). However, even after this humbling experience from God, Nebuchadnezzar again exalted himself by claiming credit for Babylon's glory (Daniel 4:30). For the next seven years, God punished Nebuchadnezzar's pride with insanity. He became like an animal, ate grass, and grew nails like bird's claws. At the end of that time, Nebuchadnezzar finally exclaimed, "Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase" (Daniel 4:37).

What about you? Has selfish pride taken hold of your life? Even though you may think you have the answers to all of homeschooling's questions, you don't. Each child is a unique creation and gift from the Lord, and only He can guide you as you choose curriculum and lessons to successfully homeschool your child. Don't let your independent spirit cause you to stumble and fall. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18).

Father, help me to remember You are in control of our homeschooling. Teach me to walk in Your ways and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide me each day. In Jesus' name, Amen.