Think Like A Professional

Years ago, a teacher in a traditional school did not participate in a Saturday church event. “I teach all week,” she told me on Sunday.

Saturday is my only opportunity for errands and chores.”

Her explanation was my wake-up call to think like a professional. My sons deserved the respect she gave her students. However, I had shortchanged their education to please others. Midweek chores and errands had squeezed out homeschooling lessons in order to attend the time-consuming Saturday event my friend eschewed.

I thought how I would respond if my sons attended a traditional school and math was not taught Thursdays. The teacher had a weekly commitment that hour. Math would continue all summer to compensate.

What if the history teacher had received a phone call from a friend in a crisis? The make-up class was at seven o’clock after dinner. Worse, what if this happened regularly? Art was cancelled because a neighbor needed a ride.

Homeschooling gave me the privilege of being flexible but not to the neglect of my calling.

How are you thinking like a professional?

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

Colossians 3:23 ESV

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