"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12).

When people attain a measure of success in the public spotlight, what words do you normally hear them say when they are interviewed? That person usually says, "Because my ______________(fill in the blank — grandmother, mother, father, sister, friend, etc.) believed in me, I was able to accomplish what I've done." Amazingly, one person's faith in another person's ability inspires great achievement.

Christ demonstrated this fact when He chose Peter as a disciple. Recognizing his potential (Matthew 16:16-20), Jesus challenged Peter to follow Him. After Christ's death and resurrection, the Lord's words about Peter were fulfilled when the Holy Spirit transformed his life on the day of Pentecost. Even though Peter was uneducated and untrained, his confidence and willingness to die for the sake of the Gospel amazed the elders, rulers, and scribes (Acts 4:13-14). Because Christ patiently loved and encouraged Peter, he was able to perform miracles and change the world with the message of Jesus' love and forgiveness.

Does this same underlying principle lie at the root of every homeschooler's success? Since most homeschooling parents only have a high school education, what else could account for the incredible results in academic success? Apparently, learning is only part of the equation in a child's ability to achieve great things. The other part lies within a loving parent's heart. When you see God's potential within your child and encourage him to reach out and obtain it, you'll be amazed at what your child achieves, too.

Lord, forgive me for limiting my child because of my unbelief in his abilities. Help me inspire him to greatness by believing in what You've created him to be. In Jesus' name, Amen.