Updated: Aug 18
Many believe that an average person cannot make an impact on the world, but in 1 Corinthians 12, we are reminded that each one of us is uniquely created and gifted and that we can use our unique qualities and gifts to make a positive impact on others.
As we read historical documents and current events alike, we recognize that everyday people can make an incredible impact on our world simply by using their own unique qualities as they face challenges with integrity, compassion, and determination.
Here are a few examples of everyday people who have had a tremendous impact on others’ lives, even generations later:
Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker, played a key role in providing shelter, food, and freedom to thousands of Jewish people when Nazi Germans invaded Warsaw in 1939.
Todd Beamer, an account manager, worked with other airplane passengers to gain control of their aircraft when he realized it had been taken over by terrorists on 9/11.
Candy Lightner, a mom who lost her daughter in a car accident with a repeat DWI offender, founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
As I contemplate the unprecedented issues in our ever-changing society, I am convicted with the importance of raising our children to be a light in our world. As homeschool parents, we are incredibly blessed to have control over the factors that can help our children solidify their faith and develop virtuous qualities. As we educate our children at home, we can carefully select tools that will help us equip our children to face these unprecedented issues with confidence.
As we teach our children to consult the Bible for every area of life, they become better able to compare media, literature, and current events both at home and throughout society to God’s word. As we teach our children how to solve problems in math, they develop perseverance and a step-by-step thought process interwoven with critical thinking skills which are necessary to solve everyday problems. Science helps us discover and develop ever more uses for the resources God has provided for us here on earth. As we study History, we learn from the past and become better equipped to make reasoned assessments of current happenings and develop strong moral choices. We see how God blesses nations that are aligned with him, how history is transformed through people’s worldviews, and how God works through leaders and society to bring more people closer to Him. And finally, as we learn to speak and write, we become better able to think critically, communicate clearly, teach others, inspire others, and share God’s word.
Homeschool parent, you have chosen to homeschool because you love your children and are concerned about their well-being and future. You are making an extraordinary impact in today’s world by training up children who are equipped to face the challenges of tomorrow. Your children will live out the legacy you leave as they positively impact this world throughout their lives. Loving parent, thank you for taking extra care to cultivate your child’s faith, knowledge, heart, and character.
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