As I was reading my devotional this morning, this one by Jim Daly, a passage really stuck out to me:
“As parents, we often want our kids to try different activities, to have fun, and to explore their talents. But if we’re not careful, we can steer them into endeavors we enjoy instead of the ones they’d prefer. It’s okay to let some things they may not be interested in fall by the wayside. If you encourage them along the way, they’ll discover who God has designed them to be, and they’ll eventually find the place where they best fit.”
From Romans 12:6-8, NLT: “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
I need to weigh our activities and schedules against whose interest it is in, mine or my children’s, and whom does it glorify, me or God? This is one of the multitude of reasons I am so grateful for our homeschool co-op. We can try a new activity/class for a 6-week period and in doing so, we may discover something new that we really enjoy, but on the flip side, we may find that interests lie elsewhere. No matter the outcome we have broadened our horizons a bit, encouraged budding friendships, and perhaps found a little bit of our purpose.