A few months ago, I heard a sermon about having an audience of One. We look for numbers to validate ourselves and our work. But, instead, we should consider that God alone matters – His opinion about our work counts more than anybody else’s. Have you ever been challenged by friends or family members about your decision to homeschool?
It’s easy to get discouraged and feel dejected after facing ignorant attacks. The only question we should answer is, “Does God approve of my homeschooling my children?” Sadly, many of the questions we ask miss the point.
How many years did you spend on this important position? How many diplomas do you have? How much money are you making? How many children of yours still actively attend church? How many rows of veggies are there in your garden? How many friends do you have (on Facebook and offline)? How many homeschooling conferences have you attended? How many children have you homeschooled?
For those of us who blog, numbers talk. What is your blog’s ranking? How many followers do you have on Twitter? How many vendors contacted you last month?
That’s the wrong approach to anything in life, whether it is homeschooling, business, ministry, blogging, and anything in between. Working for man’s applause never brought peace of mind or lasting success to anybody.
The Bible says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Colossians 3:23
So, you see, we have an audience of One. Whatever we do, we should do it thinking only about God’s reaction to our action. Would He like this thing I am doing now? Would He approve? Would He be proud?