I recently learned of the tragic news that one of the homeschooling attorneys at HSLDA died on Monday, October 12, 2009. He was a leader in his community; he was an icon to many in this rising counter-culture of faith. One of the messages I kept hearing while he was in hospice is that he “wanted to finish the race strong.” Another phrase of endearment is that he “fought the good fight” and that he “kept the faith.” As my heart breaks for the loss of the family he leaves behind, my heart also rejoices knowing that he was strong until the very end.
In perspective I have to ask myself, “Am I fighting the good fight? Am I keeping the faith? Will I receive any crowns when I pass from this life to the next one? Will God say to me ‘Well done, good and faithful servant’?”
I can only hope that my life on earth will continue to be a glory for the Lord. I am not perfect, and I make mistakes all the time. One of my biggest hopes and continual prayers is to see my children learn to fight the good fight and keep the faith. My current goals in this uncertain world are to remain constant, available, dependable, trustworthy, and faithful to my family and to God.
Just as this influential leader in the homeschooling community has passed on, I know that another leader will step up and continue the fight. He or she will rise to the occasion to spread the gospel, fight for our freedoms as parents and families, and continue the work that God has intended. There are plenty of people who understand my words, and for those who agree, I ask that we stand together in this fight.
We need to fight to preserve the values of the family; we need to fight to preserve our freedoms. We need to fight to remain strong as we stand by each other in faith. For one day, when I draw my final breath on earth, I want to hear the words echoing in heaven, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
Bible references: 2 Timothy 4:7-8