Though I teach my children how to multiply, divide, and diagram a
sentence, but fail to show them love, I have taught them nothing.
And though I take them on numerous field trips, to swim practice and
…flute lessons; and though I involve them in every church activity,
but fail to give them love, I profit nothing. And though I scrub my
house relentlessly, run countless errands, and serve three nutritious
meals every day but fail to be an example of love, I have done
Love is patient with misspelled words and is kind to young
interrupters. Love does not envy high SAT scores of other homeschool
families. Love does not claim to have better teaching methods than
anyone else, it is not rude to the fourth telephone caller during a
science lesson, does not seek perfectly behaved geniuses, does not
turn into a drill sergeant, thinks no evil about friends’ educational
Love bears all my children’s challenges, believes all my children are
God’s precious gifts, hopes all my children establish permanent
relationships with Christ, and endures all things to demonstrate
Love never fails.
Where there are college degrees, they will fail; where there is
knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we teach in
part. But when the trials of life come to our children, the history,
math, and science will be done away and faith, hope and love will
remain; but the greatest of these is love.