The Shortest School Year
by Danny Tariman
“Persevere in the faith…” – Colossians 1:23
We homeschooled our children using the US curriculum. Because of this, they were required to take exams to qualify them to enter Philippine schools.
The exam results were released in August. My son was okay since he could start the next semester. My daughter, however, had to start immediately in a Philippine-based homeschool.
She started her last year in high school in September and she wanted to finish by February to catch up with university enrolment.
She studied from 8 a.m. until about 8 p.m. There was no let-up for her. She focused and gave all her energy to finish it in time for college enrolment. We gave our all-out support for her.
The principal couldn’t believe she finished it in a very short period. She questioned us, suspecting that there was dishonesty in the completion of exercises and tests.
But all she did was to persevere. Despite the limited time, we continued to trust in the Lord.
By God’s grace, she finished it successfully. Romans 8:37 says, “In all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through Him who loved us.”
Reflection: Are you in a very difficult situation? Persevere in action and in prayers. The Lord promised that He will always be with us.
Prayer: Lord, let me see Your Hand moving in my situation. Amen.
[This reflection was first published in Didache – Sept 5, 2015]