I am not sure who dislikes homework more: my kids or me. Listening to them lament the length of an assignment or trying to pull algebra methods from the recesses of my memory are my least favorite ways to end a day. School is already seven hours a day. Isn’t that enough?
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness“ (James 1:2-3).
Difficult things are for our good—even the geography assignment where my daughter had to type coordinates into Google Earth for two hours! So, I am learning to lead my children (and myself) to trust in God for their homework.
As an everyday part of life, it is a little trial we can leverage to grow our faith. My kids can never take on starting a business, leading a ministry, or managing a major project if they do not learn to persevere through their homework assignments. The steadfastness gained from seeing these hard tasks to completion is an invaluable tool which leads to maturity. I want that for my children. I want that for myself.
“And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4).
What might be God be encouraging you to persevere through today?