The Two and The Five
Our homeschool family motto is verse 1 Timothy 1:5
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
Recently, I began applying a direction to our homeschool days that has helped us, unknowingly, move
toward fulfilling this most important verse.
We have been walking, walking this path for a while now. We walk together. Sometimes, sometimes
we walk well. Other times… well- we need extra grace. We need much extra grace.
Recently we encountered just such a time. Issues that have been troubling me for awhile-
just suddenly became paramount. Interfamily relationships were filled with angst and strife.
Our homeschool path is a family journey. A journey of togetherness and knowledge, discipline,
and love. A journey of joy in learning and the fellowship of shared pains, too. A crucible for the
flesh and the battleground for forging character and values.
I was “given” the concept of “The Two and The Five.”
The Two being the two most important precepts for each of our days.
Two things- never-ending, always with us, our focus, and our theme.
These two concepts supercede all else. If we set aside something,
in order to flesh out these- we are doing right.
The Five being the five items to be completed each day.
Checked off the list. Finished and marked as such, each day.
Completing these five: We had a good day. We are a success.
Then- as we are able to dig down and solidify these
most important foundations, the rest of our schooling
springs up with liveliness and strength. Like well tilled soil,
roots dig down deep. Strong plant uprises.
Do you know this pressure?
The school list looms high and hard. The subjects gleam with importance.
Mom has her checklist out. The goal oriented juices are flowing. Marker
in hand, she prepares to move not one, not two, but all six children swiftly down
the list to completion. Suddenly, a spat breaks out. Nay- not just one spat-
like little wild fires- they spring up in pairs in all corners of the house.
Mom stops. She pauses, pen held high. Ahhh- the pressure. The checklist.
Ack- the strife, the sin, the disharmony permeating the home.
How to balance the need to work on hearts and work on minds?
Over the years, I have struggled, struggled- that gleaming list, those most important subjects
against the draining strife, the relentless need for training.
Not doing school and not following the routine proves even more exhausting.
Not focusing on the hearts leads to an inauthentic faith and even hypocrisy
as sins are overlooked, ignored, shoved aside, or even hollered at. (blushing)
For years and I really mean years I have struggled with homeschool pressure
“to get the list done” and yet the other side of discipline/nurture/admonition of children.
It always seemed like one canceled out the other
The Two and The Five become clear.
(to be continued)