Are there items in your house that have special meaning to your homeschooling family? Surprisingly, the object my adult children remember the most from our homeschooling days was our kitchen table. It was just an old table beat up with scratches and scars, but it represented the heart of our family. As wide as it was long, this sturdy old table was big enough for everyone's schoolwork and craft projects. For 20 years, it supported the life and love of our homeschooling family as it brought us together to play, eat, and learn.

The Christian faith has many symbols, too, but the most meaningful certainly is the cross. Although this torturous tool was used to punish criminals, the cross of Christ stands in stark contrast. Pointing to the One who paid sin's penalty, the cross represents the heart of our Christian faith. With hope and forgiveness extended to all mankind, Jesus willingly sacrificed His life with arms opened wide to provide room for everyone who believes. Today, Christ asks all who believe in Him to do more than wear this symbol of faith around their necks. Each day, we are to declare His love to the world by taking up our cross and following Him (Luke 9:23). In fact, Christ says, "And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:38).

Do you find it difficult to stand against the tide of anti-Christian sentiment that permeates today's society? As a homeschooling family, you don't need to be embarrassed that you teach your children with a Christian curriculum that teaches creation and the truth of the Scriptures. Take up your cross and be a witness about the heart of Christianity — the cross of Christ. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God" (1 Corinthians 1:18).

Lord, help me to do more than wear the symbols of my faith in You. Show me how to boldly speak Your truth in love, so many more people may come to know the power of the cross. In the name of Jesus, Amen.