I thought I would share with you what came to me this morning. As mothers so often we feel as though we are not making a difference in our children’s lives. But never doubt that you are. As you invest you time and energy you are pouring into them your values and what it important to you. You may not see the result until they are grown and gone from your home, but never doubt…you are making a difference!
Monday / May 12, 2008
“And be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15b)
Homeschoolers have different ways of promoting the joys of homeschooling. Some share homeschooling’s rewards on a grand scale, others promote them by a quiet, willing testimony. When asked why we homeschooled, I offered explanations that included our belief in Deuteronomy 6:5-7 and the example of our everyday homeschooling experience. Those people truly interested would respond, “Boy, that’s great, I wish I was able to do that!” Even my children’s friends responded to a quiet testimony in a positive way. After coming over to play, they would leave saying, “I wish my parents would homeschool me!” The benefits of homeschooling were easily revealed as they heard and saw homeschooling for what it was-a better way to learn.
Although the Bible gives examples of great leaders whose witness changed the lives of thousands, it also shares stories of men and women whose testimonies only affected a few. Andrew brought his brother Peter to Jesus, Philip told the Ethiopian ruler how to be saved, and Ruth’s faithful actions to her mother-in-law Naomi were a witness in themselves. Impacting the lives of just a few, their quiet testimonies had far-reaching effects and accomplished great things for God.
What about you? Do you ever feel your witness is insignificant? Don’t doubt the power of your quiet testimony to make a difference in the lives of others. Although you may never be a talented speaker on a stage, your faithful words of love and encouragement can be the tool that God uses to win a lost soul to Christ!
Thank You for every opportunity I have to tell others of Your amazing love. Use me today to encourage both my own family and others. In the name of Jesus, Amen.