“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.“
Matthew 22:36-39 English Standard Version (ESV)
Our director, Molly Crocker, recently shared about a conversation she had with a family who had decided it was time to homeschool their child. After thriving in a public educational environment for his elementary years (even performing ahead of grade level in some subjects), their son had a difficult time transitioning when they moved to Whatcom County. Assuming their experience would be similar here, and after a time of transition, they were very upset when the school wanted him to be medicated with drugs he had never been on before in order to attend classes.
This is just one of the big differences between industrial manufactured education, and customer service education. A little bit of kindness can go a long way in a situation like this, and we want to make sure that we are promoting an atmosphere where families feel welcome and are met with kindness from the minute they step inside our doors. Our job at ZLO is to give support to homeschooling families!
There may be new families who visit during our Meet & Greet on August 31. We are blessed to have a community of families who do a fantastic job of “being Jesus’ hands and feet,” so let’s keep this up on this coming Thursday and throughout the year ahead of us.
This song came to mind when hearing this story, and the chorus is such a good reminder of how we should respond to our “neighbors.”
GIVE ME YOUR EYES
Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see,
Everything that I keep missing,
Give your love for humanity.
Give me your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach.
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten.
Give me Your eyes so I can see.
(Songwriters: JASON DAVID INGRAM, BRANDON HEATH)