For a large chunk of my life I have been a huge fan of Star Trek. All the way from the early Star Trek episodes (James T Kirk and crew) thru the latest Star Trek movie (although some of the scenes were pushing limits and a little weird). One of my favorite scenes is from Star Trek- The Next Generation. I loved it when Jean Luc was on the bridge and they were about to embark on a new adventure. He would boldly proclaim the course and speed of the USS Enterprise. Laying in the course for those who followed him. He would then proudly proclaim “Engage” and off they would go on a grand adventure. What a wonderful symbol of leadership and confidence. Calmly and confidently leading his crew into the great unknown of the universe. Those around him caught up in his courage and ready to face the unknown- sure and unafraid.
What if we as fathers had that same confidence? If we would take the helm of our family and bravely lay out the course to follow. What if we left the comfort of our careers and arm chairs and embraced the journey that God has placed out there for us to follow? If we accepted the role of spirtiual leader with the same zeal that Jean Luc accepted his role as captain of his crew how different would our families look? I understand that Jean Luc had the confidence of an entire stage crew at his beck and call, the safety and security of a well written script and syndication. However, we have something better. We have the assurance of our Lord. The calm certaininty that He is there with us, that we will never face this journey alone.
Fathers, scripture is filled with instrucion and words of encouragement for you. The wisdom and knowledge that our God has given us in grace and love.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing[b] her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (Ephasians 5: 25-33)
4 Fathers,[a] do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. (Ephasians 6:4)11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.(1 Thessalonians 2:11-12)
Homeschool dads, the time is now to engage your children. I often speak of the value of the father being involved during times of stress and adversity in the home. The question is: why should we wait for that time? We often sit comfortable in our role of “prinicpal”. Why can we not share in the role of teacher? Share the experience that we have during our daily journey into the world. Share the wisdom with your kids that comes with our journey. Fathers: the time is now to embrace the grand adventure that God has promised us. He never promised us that the journey would be smooth and free of peril, only that we would never go alone.
Homeschool: the ultimate frontier. These are the voyages of the homeschool dad. His ongoing mission: to explore strange new curriculum, to seek out Gods will and future for his family, to boldly go where many men fear to tread.
Ok…so that’s a little out there. However, let’s go on this journey. Take a chance and trust in the Lord. Lean forward in that command chair! Chart the course for your family….Lay in the speed of the journey and proudly exclaim