I want to share a little about myself that I'm not proud of. I love teaching and always have. When I was 13 years old, I wanted to start a Children's Church in the VERY small church I attended. Most Sundays I had 4 kids. But that was ok.... usually I was the only kid in my Sunday School class. I got hooked! I have been teaching in church off and on (mostly on) since. About 5 or 6 years ago my baby (he wasn't really a baby at the time), said something to me that really knocked me off my feet. I was preparing for my class and he asked what I was doing. At the moment I was preparing a really fun party night to celebrate the end of a unit. I told him and he asked me, "Mom, why don't you ever do anything like that with us?" I was taken aback for a moment, but quickly recovered and blew it off. I couldn't shake it though..... that question came up to me for the next 2 years. Each time it did, I would quickly remind myself that I was obeying my "calling" by teaching my class at church and my children had their own classes and teachers.
Then my life took a crazy, CRAZY, CRAZY
turn. I'll not go into details, but our family life suddenly became
very complicated. At the time I was the Girls' Ministry Leader at our
church and was over 6 different teachers/classes. Suddenly I became very
overwhelmed and EVERYTHING was going wrong... at home, at work and at
church. I was very much disgusted with everything! I stopped going to
church, but didn't stop seeking God. (Stop right there... I know you who
were brought up just like I was have already decided I was a backslid
sinner... but that was far, far, far from the truth) Every time I
searched the WORD and prayed I kept getting the same message... "You need to
de-church yourself and YOU need to only teach YOUR children".
"De-church myself"?????? What in the world? After many months my eyes
were finally opened to the truth. MY church, MY position, MY class,
became IDOLS to me. It's a very real thing. I had become soooo very
wrapped up with every "event" my church had, the "girls" at my church
that I was over, etc..... that I had lost my way. I became obsessed
with SERVING (Martha) that I no longer had time to just sit at my
Savior's feet (Mary). And my children... my precious gifts that had been
given to me, I had handed over to someone else to teach (because I
didn't have time, with all the "ministries" I was involved in).
Deut.11:18 and Prov. 22:6 were a constant reminder of my duties as a
parent. Duties that I had miserably failed.
You wouldn't believe
the ways the Lord worked on me and affirmed what He was trying to teach
me. But that's how the Lord works! So, here I was, trying to teach my
children at home, with no curriculum, no classroom, no bulletin board,
no dry erase board, no copy machine, no coloring pages, no closet full
of teaching "helps", no posters.... I was LOST. I had no idea where to
start..... I had no idea HOW to do this. My mom was just like me.... she
had her own class to teach, so I got taught at church and not at home.
This became the HARDEST challenge I have ever had to face. I know you are
wondering "Why?", since I had all those years of practice... and I
can't really answer you, but IT IS WHAT IT IS.
I feel I'm
finally getting the hang of it (after 4 years!!!!). But I still don't
feel as comfortable as I did teaching at church. The main thing is that I'm trying.
That is one very big reason I wanted to get this idea going... to help other families Teach them at home.
Is this only for home use? Of course not! I would have loved to have
these resources when I taught at church! I just want parents, or
grandparents, or Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, next-door neighbor, friend....
whoever you are to the ones you love to know that God has given us a
very important duty to teach. Don't ever feel like you have to be
"called" to teach to be able to teach your kids. In the above verses
there is NO calling required. In fact, don't even think about it as
"teaching"... think of it as "sharing" or "reminding".
on this note.... when you start sharing with your family at home, be
sure to get them to tell about what they learned "in class". I know from
experience that not everyone believes the same way, even if they are in
the same denomination. Children who hear one thing at church and
another at home will be confused about it, then ultimately drop both
views as "irrelevant". That is why it is so important to talk to your
family about what they hear and what you believe. Many times I have had
to explain things to my kids that were different than what the teacher
and sometimes even the preacher said. I myself chose not to send my kids
to a class at church and exclusively teach them at home. We listen to
the preacher as a family and discuss the sermon. I do NOT think everyone
has to do this.
I hope this has somehow helped you to have the
courage to start "sharing" at home. Hopefully you will be able to use
the resources I can find to help you out! And the younger your kids are
when you start, the easier it is :) And I hope that if you don't have anyone at home, but are a teacher in the church, that you too will benefit from these resources.