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  • Sending Your Christian Kids To Public School

    Four years ago, I wrote a blog about sending my firstborn off to public school.  It is by far the most-read blog I’ve ever published.  This tells me there are a lot of Christian mommas out there who go through what I went through.

    I was nervous and fearful, and I wished I could afford Christian school, until God showed me something remarkable in Jochebed, the mother of Moses.

    She spent three months hiding her baby to save him from being murdered, and when he was too big to continue to hide, she placed him in a basket and sent him floating down a river.

    You’d think that during that time she would have been nervous, fearful, and wishing her boy would have been a girl, but she wasn’t.

    Hebrews 11:23  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

    Jochebed was not full of fear and regret, wishing that things could have been different. No, she was full of faith!

    As a Christian mom sending my child to public school, I felt a little like I was putting him in a basket in the Nile River.  I had to choose: fear or faith?

    Jochebed inspired me to choose faith.

    When I dropped my son off for his first day of kindergarten four years ago, I didn’t shed a tear.  I believed that like Psalm 127 says, he was an arrow–an arrow we had spent five years sharpening, an arrow that would go out and fulfill His purpose.

    Next week, that kindergartener I dropped off in faith will start third grade, and his little sister will start first grade, and I’ve found myself thinking about Moses and Jochebed again, and how thankful I am that my kids are in the public school system.

    Most people would agree that the purpose of sending our children to school is so they can receive an education.  We want them to learn how to read, write, and do arithmetic.  Bonus points if they learn how to successfully climb a rope, make some friends, and win a class party for collecting the most box tops.  But what if our kids have a higher purpose?  What if school is more than test scores and learning how to multiply fractions?

    Back to Jochebed. She is ultimate #momgoals.  She not only had amazing trust and faith in God, but she saw purpose in her kids, from the moment she laid eyes on them.

    Hebrews 2:2  The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months.

    Jochebed saw that Moses was a special baby.  Other translations say she saw that he was a beautiful baby, but it’s referring to more than the fact that he was a pretty newborn.  When she looked at Moses she saw God’s favor on him and knew that she had to save his life because God wanted to use him mightily.

    When you look at your kids, what do you see?  Do you see purpose in them?  Do you realize that the favor of God rests on them and that God wants to use them in mighty ways, just as He did Moses?

    Your kids are here for a reason, just like you are here for a reason, and if they attend a public school, they have an amazing opportunity in front of them to start walking in their purpose.

    God gave me three words to charge my kids with for the upcoming year.  Three words to help fill them with purpose.  Three words to send them out on mission each and every day as they hop out of my car and into the halls of their school.

    Salt.  Light.  Love.

    Salt

    Matthew 5:13  Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth.

    Our kids need to know why they are here, and as parents, it’s our job to tell them.  They are here to be salt!

    Salt brings out flavor in food, and it also helps preserve it.

    Our kids should start every day thinking about how they have the ability, through their words and actions, to give people a taste of the goodness of God.  They get to be like the sample servers at Sam’s Club giving out little treats of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And as their friends, teachers, and even their enemies get a taste, they fulfill their purpose and people will be drawn to Jesus.

    Our kids need to realize if they stay salty they help prevent God’s standards from rotting away.  If every Christian parent kept their kids out of public school there would be no students on a mission to preserve the truth.  It’s important for our children to recognize that without Christ followers like them, standing for what’s right and living according to the Word of God, God’s presence in their schools will decay.

    Light

    Matthew 5:14  Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!

    The public school system needs light.  It needs more kids who love Jesus and are 100 percent cool with going public with that information.  People are living in darkness.  Families are a mess.  Suicide is the number one injury death in America.  There’s so much confusion about gender identity.  And on and on.  People are looking for answers, and if we stay hidden away in our homes and in our Christian circles, they are going to have a hard time finding those answers.  My son has seen two of his friends from school give their lives to Christ this year, and one of those friend’s entire family give their lives to Christ, because he’s decided to be like a city on a hill when it comes to his love for Jesus.  God’s made our kids to be light, we have to let them shine!

    Love

    I Corinthians 13:1  If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

    The only chance our kids have at being the salt of the earth and the light of the world is if they love others.  In other words, they cannot fulfill their purpose without love.

    Sometimes we confuse being salt and light with being snarky and judgmental.  I went to public school, and I remember the Christian kids who looked down on everyone.  It was obvious they thought they were better and more holy than everyone else.  They never made an impact on anyone because it’s God’s kindness that leads men to repentance.

    Our kids must understand that their purpose is to love with a love that cares more for others than for themselves, a love that fights for the bottom, a love that isn’t jealous, a love that isn’t prideful, a love that is slow to anger, a love that believes the best, a love that doesn’t give up on people.

    Because Moses had a mother who was full of faith and saw purpose in her children, an entire nation got to taste the goodness of God. They were preserved from extinction and miraculously brought out of darkness.

    My goodness.  What would our schools look like if every classroom had a handful of kids who understood their God-given purpose and were being encouraged to walk in it daily?

    We do so much to ensure our kids are ready to go back to school: new shoes, new backpacks and lunchboxes, fresh haircuts, killer first-day-of-school outfits, tax-free school supply shopping, and meet the teacher.  That’s all well and good, but let’s be most focused on getting them ready by filling their hearts and minds with their God-given purposes.  Let’s make sure they know school is more than AR tests and recess.  School is where they get to live out the gospel and experience true joy and fulfillment as they do what they were put on the earth to do!

    Let’s let loose our little Moseses and watch God move mightily in and through them, Amen?

    Morning Declaration For Your Kids:

    I am here for a reason.  God has a purpose for me.

    I am the salt of the earth.

    Wherever I go, I help people taste and see that the Lord is good.

    I am called to make sure God’s way of doing things doesn’t pass away.

    I am the light of the world.

    People see Jesus in me.  I won’t keep God a secret.

    I will bring light to the darkness around me.

    Love is my goal.

    I know I can’t lead anyone to Jesus without His love working through me.

    God’s love never gives up and cares more for others than for self.
    Love is not jealous or cocky.

    Love fights for the bottom and is not “me first.”

    Love is slow to anger and doesn’t keep score when people mess up.

    Love doesn’t rejoice when others are hurting.

    Love trusts God always.

    Love doesn’t look back and believes the best.

    Today I will be Salt, Light, and Love.

  • Shooting Your Arrow By Faith

    Christian Kids In Public Schools

    I love this time of year.  Giant pencils hanging from the ceiling at Target, directing me toward the school supplies. Tax-free shopping for new shoes and skinny jeans, for my pride and joys. The anticipation of getting back into a routine.   

    On Thursday, my firstborn will have his first day of first grade.  This time last year I was gearing up to send my little guy to kindergarten at—dun, dun dun—public school! I was kind of a wreck.

    I grew up in public school.  A big, 6-A public school.  I was a Union Redskin from kindergarten until graduation day.  I loved it and I turned out okay, right?  So why was the thought of sending my son to public school so hard to wrap my mind around.

    Maybe it’s because in 1990, when I started kindergarten, things were different.  There were no 5-year-olds with their own iPads.  Christmas break was called Christmas break instead of “winter” break.  I could walk to school with my older brother and play in the front yard when I got home, even though my mom wasn’t home from work yet.  School shootings were unheard of.  No one knew what the Internet was and my teachers just stuck to the basics: reading, writing and arithmetic. There was no need to discuss same-sex marriage and gender-identity curriculum didn’t exist yet.

    Don’t get me wrong, I was exposed to all kinds of things in public school, but times have really changed over the last 25 years and there’s no denying that Jesus isn’t welcome at public schools anymore.  So how could I send my little boy into a place where Jesus wasn’t welcome?  Well, I had no choice.  Christian school, where we lived, was too expensive, and I didn’t feel like I was called to home school.

    I really needed peace about this, so I brought it to the Lord, and He delivered. 

    In the second chapter of Exodus you can read about the birth of one of the greatest heroes in the Bible, Moses—and his amazing momma, Jochebed.

    A few verses before we read about Moses being born, we read about Pharaoh ordering every newborn boy be thrown into the Nile River.  Pharaoh was inexplicably evil, willing to murder precious baby boys so that the Israelites would not grow to outnumber his people. 

    Can you imagine the horror Jochebed felt when she delivered Moses and her midwife whispered in her ear, “It’s a boy.”  You know for nine months as she carried him she hoped and prayed that she would have a girl, for a girl she could keep.  But God gave her a son, now what was she going to do with him? 

    The Bible said she saw Moses was special.  She could see God’s hand on this baby boy’s life, so she kept him hidden for three months.  I have three children and let me tell you it would be very, very difficult to keep an infant hidden for three months.  I’m guessing she never let him “cry it out” to get him sleep-trained.  She probably couldn’t let him cry at all.  She was probably with him every waking minute, and I’m sure her bond with him grew stronger each passing day, but the time had come when she realized she couldn’t hide him any longer.  She made a basket for him, lined it with his favorite blankie, put him in it, and left the basket near the river in some tall grass.  She had to be terrified, right?  Wrong!    

    Hebrews 11:23 (NKJV) By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

    This verse tells us she was not afraid.  Moses’ parents hid him not out of fear but out of faith!  When Jochebed left her baby in the basket that day, she was showing God she trusted Him to take care of her son.  She stepped out in faith and God followed with favor.  God not only took care of her son, but He made a way for Jochebed to continue to mother her beautiful baby boy.

    As a Christian mom sending my child to public school, I felt a little like I was putting him in a basket in the Nile River.  I had to choose: fear or faith?

    After reading about Jochebed, it was easy to choose faith. 

    Jochebed sent Moses into a land where God was not welcome and just think about how mightily the Lord used him!  God had a plan for Moses; He has one for my kids, and your kids, too! 

    When I dropped my son off last year, I didn’t shed a tear.  I wasn’t sad or fearful, but full of faith.  I believed that like Psalm 127 says, he is an arrow, an arrow we had spent the last five years sharpening, an arrow that would go out and fulfill His purpose.  I believed that the Holy Spirit would guide him and lead him when choosing friends.  I believed that he would be a light and a leader.  I believed he would have favor with his teachers.  I believed God would protect him physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually and that no evil could befall him or come near him.  I believed that God would use him mightily!  Glory to God, he had a great school year!  As we gear up for first grade, I am believing the same things.

    Jochebed, a wife and a mother to three children, made a decision to have faith instead of fear, and her faith changed the course of history.  Whatever your plan is for school this year—home school, Christian, private, or public—don’t be afraid.  Launch your kids into their best year yet, full of faith in our great God!