"And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 1:6a).

Who are the role models in your child's life? Do they wish to emulate movie stars, sports heroes, or rock stars? Homeschooled children are no different from other children. They also can gravitate toward today's personalities and assimilate their qualities and characteristics. However, the people who stand out in the media often reflect values and beliefs far different from those we wish to see in our children.

So, where do homeschool parents go to find positive role models who will influence their children's minds for good? One place we chose was the pages of history. Using God's Word filled with examples of great men and women of faith in Hebrews 11 and historical biographies of famous church leaders, missionaries, scientists, and explorers, we found ample material to fill our children's minds and hearts with godly inspiration. In fact, our oldest daughter was so inspired when reading the story of Florence Nightingale that today she is a registered nurse!

However, perhaps the greatest role model who will ever affect your child's life is you! Whether you are aware of it or not, you are being watched every day. Your attitudes and character (good or bad) are being imitated and incorporated into your children's lives. Such accountability to live a godly life challenges homeschooling moms and dads to a higher standard in their Christian walk. Are you able to say like Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:1, "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ"? If not, recommit yourself and your home to the Lord this coming year and watch as a new generation of Christian superheroes is born!

Lord,

What an awesome responsibility you've given me as a parent! As I homeschool each day, help me keep my eyes focused on You to love my children more and criticize less. Let my words, actions, and deeds be a true reflection of Your unfailing love and grace, so my children become all You desire them to be. In the name of Jesus, Amen.