I have many friends in the midst of deciding where to send their children to school next year. It can feel like so much rides on the decision and so much can go awry if we make the wrong choice.
In January, my friend Misty* wrote a marvelous little post entitled Disappointment at Home: But What If They *Don't*. It's written primarily to homeschoolers (specifically the moms) who are banking on certain results from that educational choice, but the overall gist of the post is for all parents and can apply to various situations in our lives. Misty closes the post this way:
If you are homeschoooling or discipling your children a certain way because you’re expecting a guaranteed result, it might be a good idea to spend some time in prayer about that. Because there are no guarantees but one: if you are educating and discipling and training your children at home because God told you to, then when you stand before Him, you can say “I educated and discipled and trained my children at home, because You told me to.” And He will say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”
And that will be enough.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.