I saw a music video this morning from a local Christian group called Tenth Avenue North. As I sat down to write this post, I could not at first recall the name of the song because the cinematography in the video was so overwhelmingly powerful. The song is You Are More, and as the video begins, you see in the background behind the band a huge blackboard filled with hundreds of confessional and self-incriminating phrases such as “I feel guilty,” ”Pretender,” and “My boyfriend hits me.”
In the last frames of the video, as the band continues to sing about the power of relying on Jesus, streams of water gradually trickle down the blackboard and erase all the sins, doubts, and accusations written there. The video leaves you with an utterly (& literal) clean slate. Here is the chorus:
You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.
Wow. That is the power of Jesus—to erase it all—leave us clean and ready for HIM to write on our hearts. I hope we, as homeschooling parents, can live this out before our children: to allow God to give us those new mercies every morning, every season, every school year.
I don’t know about you, but my spring so far has been WILD & CRAZY! Here in Tennessee (the allergy capital of the nation), almost everyone we know has been plagued with sickness, allergies, or worse. It is hard to continue to be disciplined, on task, and excited about the routines that are necessary for success. We need to believe that God can do new things through us starting NOW. Now is the time to wipe the slate clean of all the “I wish I had’s” or “it’s too late to’s” or “I am the worst’s” and other feelings of inadequacy.
The flexibility inherent with our calling as homeschoolers gives us the freedom to start a new unit any time it works for our family. As always, think outside of the box; is it time to cultivate a love for growing plants? Then go ahead and plan a unit on botany and begin your garden (or at least start seedlings indoors). Have the kids draw out a plan for your garden and research which plants grow best in proximity to others.
What about incubating some chicken eggs? Is it time for Automobile Maintenance 101? Every child needs to graduate with a rudimentary knowledge of changing oil, tires, and general car upkeep. Let your kiddoes study what excites them while you implement learning strategies around those themes.
The main thing is to keep from decelerating into staid, boring, sameness in this season of new life and spring.
You have a clean slate—now create beauty!