I recently stumbled upon a quick video from Will Smith about skydiving. He said that all the fear leading up to the dive is actually useless because the point at which you jump is actually supremely blissful. So all the build-up of fear beforehand served no purpose.
Then he said, “God places the best things in life on the other side of fear.”
What kind of fears are you experiencing today? If you’re like me, there are more than enough, most of which you’d rather keep to yourself.
As as homeschooling mom, I have fears about that. I’m scared I’m messing my kids up for life. I’m scared I’ll miss something; we won’t get to something and they’ll have gaping holes in their education. I’m scared I won’t walk the line of guarding them versus letting them experience things and they’ll step out into the world either too jaded or too sheltered.
There are fears about health, relationships, and personal goals. As I watch friends and family endure challenges from disease, I fear going through that myself one day. Or, worse, watching my husband or kids endure sickness. There are plenty of things in this world to fear, alligators included for this transplant to the South.
If Will Smith is right — and I’m inclined to say he is, if only because while I was still a pimply teen, he was busy fighting off hoards of invading aliens — then all those fears, spoken and unspoken, are something you have to cross to get to the really good stuff in life.
The best stuff in life is on the other side of years and years of trusting that keeping our kids out of public or private school is the right choice — for their academics, relationships, safety, faith, special needs, and a hundred other reasons.
The best stuff in life is on the other side of years and years of trusting that narration will turn our kids into God-pleasing thinkers, writers, and speakers.
The best stuff in life is on the other side of years and years of steady-as-she-goes math work, 15 minutes at a time consistently done every school day. One day we’ll wake up an realize our kids are legit adults who can handle their own finances with confidence.
The best stuff in life is on the other side of years and years of read-alouds, when we’re doubled over from laughter at the dinner table because our kids are so punny and can speak fluent sarcasm, subtlety, and satire.
All these fruits and more are all on the other side of fear. Keep on keepin on, homeschooling mama.