Not too long ago I went to a meeting. I don't want to go into great detail about the meeting because, well, it's not the thing to do on my blog. I can tell you that the attitude given about the poor rubbed me the wrong way. Want to know what rubbed me really wrong? When, after being told that my children would continue to be homeschooled no matter how good the schools are here and that we were willing to make pretty big sacrifices to do so, the person I was talking to looked at me and said, "You just seem so smart."
I had a moment. That person may have thought it wasn't a pretty moment. I politely looked at her and said, "Oh, I am smart! I have a bachelor's degree from Texas A&M and have worked in social services since I graduated." I wanted to tell that person that I am more qualified to do her job than she is, but I refrained. My momma taught me better than that. Apparently her momma didn't teach her the same manners.
What in the world would make someone imply that I am NOT smart because I make sacrifices to homeschool my children? I'm doing what God has called me and told me to do. Proverbs 22:6 tells us, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." I am convicted that I cannot train them up in the way they should go if they're at school more than they're at home during waking hours. They're not just learning the 3 Rs at our house. They're not just learning history facts and dates at our house. My boys are learning how to serve GOD!
I'm praying God gives me a better answer for the next time something like this happens. I'm also praying that I can refrain from being so indignant and really say what God wants me to say. I do feel like I'm smart. I'm smart enough to obey my Heavenly Father and do what HE tells me is right for my family and not follow what the world says would be best for us.