The end of the school year was getting closer. The calendar wasn't the only source that revealed that fact. The quality of my children's schoolwork was also an indicator. With the finish line in sight and carefree summer days just ahead, my children rushed through their lessons. Poorly written compositions, half-answered history questions, and math papers with high percentages of incorrect answers confirmed that spring fever had hit our homeschool. I needed to find something to motivate my children to finish the school year working to the best of their abilities.

Christians can also suffer from a time of spring fever. Being tempted to compromise God's standards of holiness, we halfheartedly obey and slack off when it comes to maintaining the spiritual disciplines of prayer and Bible study. Living the Christian life in our own strength, we fail to see our vulnerability and fall prey to Satan's temptations. "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12). To run in the heavenly race in which God has placed us, we must run with self-control and discipline. To finish the race, we must buffet our bodies and run in such a way as to receive the prize — a crown incorruptible (1 Corinthians 9:25).

What about you? Your children are looking to you as an example of how to finish this year's homeschooling race. If spring fever is tempting you to be lazy and lax in disciplining your day's schedule, you can't expect your children to be much different. Pray and ask God to replace your lost motivation with a new fervor to finish the homeschooling task He has given you. "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain" (1 Corinthians 9:24).

Lord, thank You for the joys of homeschooling my children. Please, help me to maintain our focus to accomplish Your best for this year and give me the strength to finish strong. In Jesus' name, Amen.