While cleaning up the kitchen today, I thought of my pastor’s sermon from yesterday. He shared how evangelism is a process rather than an event. As I pulled dishes out of the dishwasher only to immediately refill it, I realized that housekeeping and education are also processes rather than events.
Just like doing dishes, sweeping floors and washing clothes must happen over and over and over again, our children need to be taught educational concepts, character traits and manners over and over again.
We can’t expect them to learn new concepts from a single lesson. Like they can’t learn spiritual lessons or character traits with one Sunday School lesson, they need repeated instruction for school subjects.
The process grows wearying. It’s hard to persevere, especially if a child struggles to “get it.” Perhaps the mentality that it’s a process rather than an event will give us the strength we need to keep going, the motivation we need to keep teaching and the hope we need that one day they will learn. May the process rather than the event help us as we educate our students at home.