A while ago, I was offered my old job back teaching at the local Christian School. Without hesitation, I turned it down. But for quite some time after that, the "professional" opportunity gave me pause and encouraged me to take stock of my "job." Is staying at home to homeschool my children worth it? or should I join the ranks of the working world to earn a larger net worth?
Granted, homeschooling my children requires sacrifices. Certainly, I wish I had more "free time," adult conversations, time to enjoy baking...sewing...scrapbooking...reading...PAUSING, a larger bank account, the ability to go grocery shopping on a lunch break and not have to have five kids in tow, the opportunity to have bonafide sick days, and the list goes on...
But when I consider my "net worth" in light of eternity, I'd have to conclude that NO OTHER job could pay me more! Here's a look at my paycheck.
As a homeschool mom, I have the opportunity to...
Be present for the everyday milestones.
Share much-needed one-on-one time.
Encourage them in their natural gifts.
Inspire their personal creativity.
Captivate them with "whatsoever is good", not whatsoever is popular.
Glimpse siblings becoming best friends, not just pesky annoyances.
Cheer for EVERY success and encourage after EVERY failure.
Instill a life-long love of learning.
Inspire first tries.
Nurture a love for God and a love for others within them.
Train them...as Scripture says. Not just delegate that to someone else.
Raise "abnormal" kids...and be grateful for that!
Yes, I do often "sow" in sacrifices, but I "reap" in eternal dividends. And I would consider that to be an IMMEASURABLE net worth.
Have you tallied your net worth lately?
Sometimes we all need a little reminder.