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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Homeschool Priorities: Pick Your Battles

You're busy.

My wife is busy too. We're having guests arrive four hours earlier than anticipated so she's probably pretty active at the moment making the house ready. And that's on top of the things she normally does like, you know, tend to the children, make meals and all that.

You may not have guests showing up, but I'm sure your life has it's own unexpected twists. Even without those, you're plenty busy. And if you're anything like me, every once in a while you lose the ability to determine the most important things to focus on. I have so many pressing items on my schedule I seem incapable of completing any of them. Worse still, many of them have wait times associated with them, so I can't even "just do it a minute" and be done with it.

And in these moments do we really care about eschatology? My world already feels like it's falling apart, I don't care when the Tribulation is supposed to hit!
Hermeneutics? A child is trying to tell me something from the bathroom, I need to investigate that first.
Age of the Earth? Today already feels like a contradiction: I've only had ten minutes to do anything but I feel like I've been doing it for a million years!

I could go on, but you're busy.

As finite creatures we have to make priorities. We must pick our battles. And some days, our priorities require that we forgo participating in even our pet conflicts.

I'm not saying that the things listed above--or the numerous other topics like organic food, abortion, pollution, politics, evangelism, etc--aren't important. But for the time being, your time may be needed elsewhere.


Only you know that. But if you're having trouble focusing, perhaps it's time to remind yourself of your homeschool goals and work from there.

I need to work out my priorities as well. I think it would help me tremendously.

If only I could find the time...

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Surrogate Father


Contemplating Cadie said...

the nail has been hit on the head, great post

Melody said...

Where's the "like" button? :) Great post.

Michelle said...

so true Luke! I agree with the earlier two posts. "like" and nail's been hit straight on the head.

Luke Holzmann said...

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the post <smile>.

And, Melody, if you're on Facebook or you use Google Reader, there are "like" buttons in both of those <smile>. But leaving a comment saying you like it works for me <smile>.



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