A story's impetus often germinates in a character's specific decision: Will Bilbo go on the adventure? Will Bishop Myriel demand justice of Valjean or extend grace? Will Buddy's biological father accept him into his new family?
But I wasn't raised in Santa's Workshop. A burglar has never stolen my silverware (do we even have silver silverware?). And I've never had a wizard group me with some dwarves. My defining moments are few and far between, rarely recognized for what they are. Instead, the story of my life unfolds less dramatically. I slowly become the kind of person I should be and then, only in hindsight, do I see that I have, indeed, changed.
More often, we are shaped by a defining process. The central question of A Christmas Story exemplifies this beautifully: Will Ebenezer be merry and generous, or will he remain a Scrooge? We are taken on a whirlwind tour of his life, seeing his blessings and his failures. We witness his turn one cold morning, and are told about the changes he makes in the days and years that follow. The happy ending is not so much a single choice, but a series of choices that spring from a new perspective.
You get to meet Corrie Ten Boom in Core 300. Her life is a defining process as she sees her sister's devotion to honesty, God's provision in times of need, and God's redemption of horrific situations. These ultimately lead to a defining moment where she is given the opportunity to extend grace to an enemy.
Nathaniel Bowditch--awaiting you in Core D--remains steadfast despite turmoil around him. There is no single moment that dictates his destiny. Instead, his character and dedication define his life. May that be true of us as well.
We have big decisions in life, be they homeschooling, adoption, a business venture, church involvement, or otherwise. But these don't tend to define us. It's what we do in the day to day that determines who we are. We may look back on our decision to do something as a defining moment, but that's just the beginning of the tale. Being a homeschooler isn't defined by the homeschool curriculum you buy. Homeschooling is the daily process of spending time teaching your children. One of the added benefits is that you also get to learn alongside them, further developing the story of your homeschool journey.
Keep up the good work. And may our daily lives build us into people who, when a defining moment arises, respond appropriately.
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester
Brought to you by Catherine Johnson
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