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Homeschool: Doing is More Important the Planning

"Doing" homeschool is more important than "planning" homeschool.

I'm a bit of a planner by nature.  I *love* to plan.  Implementing.... not so much.  But it's the real DOING of homeschooling that is the crucial part.  You can plan all day long, but if you don't actually do the work, it won't matter.  It reminds me of the Parable of the Two Sons.

Laboring Son



Matthew 21:28-32

The Parable of the Two Sons
"What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.'
" 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
"Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go.
"Which of the two did what his father wanted?"
"The first," they answered.
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

There are some homeschoolers who feel called by God to homeschool, and are dragged kicking and screaming into this lifestyle screaming like the first son, "Noooooooo!!!"  If they do the work of homeschooling, they will be successful.

Other parents are called to homeschooling and respond by saying, "Sure!  No problem!"  They may plan and plan, purchase curriculum, and pay for supplemental experiences.  But if they get too distracted by their busy lives, and don't actually do the work of homeschooling, then they aren't really doing what the Father wanted them to do.   If you plan and plan, but then never actually do, then you have missed the mark.

Doing is more important than planning.  It's not easier and it's not more fun - at least not for me!  But it's absolutely the most important part.

Remember, if you feel overwhelmed with the "doing" part, you may be attempting too much.

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Guest - Homeschool Mother (website) on Monday, 26 October 2009 10:22

Love it, "Doing is more important than planning". Great blog!

Love it, "Doing is more important than planning". Great blog!
Guest - Home School College Counselor (website) on Monday, 26 October 2009 06:22

That's a great insight on life, as well as homeschooling. It's so easy to spin our wheels preparing and planning, but unless you get out in the trenches and start doing, it's all for naught.

That's a great insight on life, as well as homeschooling. It's so easy to spin our wheels preparing and planning, but unless you get out in the trenches and start doing, it's all for naught.
Guest - Elise on Sunday, 25 October 2009 05:34

I didn't realize that there were others out there that LOVE to plan but fall short on the "doing" part. I have been really convicted about that this year, probably since I have a high schooler now. Thanks so much for encouraging homeschoolers to keep going!

I didn't realize that there were others out there that LOVE to plan but fall short on the "doing" part. I have been really convicted about that this year, probably since I have a high schooler now. Thanks so much for encouraging homeschoolers to keep going!
Guest - beth @ brew*crew (website) on Saturday, 24 October 2009 14:58

Excellent post, as I've wrestled with this in my own life... and not just regarding homeschooling, but certainly in that area as well. Thank you for the timely reminder! You are such wonderful encourager.

Excellent post, as I've wrestled with this in my own life... and not just regarding homeschooling, but certainly in that area as well. Thank you for the timely reminder! You are such wonderful encourager.
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