OK, so here it is, straight up. If you homeschool your child, there is no 100% money-back guarantee he will turn out to be a straight "A" student with prestigious colleges knocking on his door when he's finished with high school. That scenario could happen, but it might not. As much as you want the best this world has to offer for your child, God may have something different planned for his life. Your child could go to the mission field or work at an ordinary job living a faithful, God-honoring life in his home and community.

I had over-exaggerated expectations for my children's futures until my husband rebuked me one day while homeschooling. "Why are you pushing so hard?" he asked. "What if the girls just want to be stay-at-home moms like you? Is that so bad?" As I began to think about my husband's question, I realized that my dreams for my children and God's dreams for them were two different things. I wanted them to be intelligent and successful, but God's main concern was that they be obedient and Christ-like. My foolish pride had taken me off God's straight and narrow homeschooling path for my children's futures.

How do you envision your child's life at the end of his homeschooling days? Are you teaching him to follow God's will for his future or yours? A good way to double-check is to ask yourself this question: "Is my child more concerned about pleasing me and trying to live up to my expectations or God's?" Be careful that your dreams for your child are not leading him off God's path for his life. "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Lord, help me to see my child's future as You do and give me wisdom to lead him in the direction You seek. In the name of Jesus, Amen.