"Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways" (Psalm 139:3).

What makes people invest 20 years or more of their lives to homeschool their children? Ask homeschooling parents anywhere, and they'll tell you that it's for the joy of seeing their children learn. Watching your child discover God's creation creates a passion that transcends any cheap shot from uninformed critics. Daily, you have the opportunity to discover, play, and learn what God has planned for your family. You share love, devotion, loyalty, and faithfulness as you work toward educational goals and a deeper faith in Christ. Perhaps the question should be, who wouldn't want to experience a life homeschooling their children?

As Christians, Christ desires a far greater passion from us as we live for Him. Lukewarm love is something He detests in His children (Revelation 3:15-16). Every day we have the opportunity to love and learn from the Most High as we read His Word and pray. Confessing our sins daily (1 John 1:9) keeps our hearts close to the Father, so the Holy Spirit can guide and fill us with His presence. God's jealous love desires an intimacy with us that transcends any love known in this world.

Have you experienced the passion of Christ? He gave His life for your sins and wants to give you an abundant life full of His love. "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10b). Rediscover the joy of being called His child this new year and yield yourself to His Lordship. "And he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him" (John 14:21b).

Jesus, thank You for Your wondrous love and the joy of being in Your family. Teach me to love You more fully and help me to yield my life to You in every area. In Your name I pray, Amen.