The feeling that we are always behind is very common. It’s the feeling we get when we’ve done a lot of work, and there’s always more to do on the horizon. We finish running one lap, breathless, and look
up at the next lap waiting for us. And as
we stand there catching our breath, all
those other moms are running right past
us making us feel like we’re just not fast
enough. Lovely view, isn’t it?
But, what if you are really behind?
You’ve had a rough year for one reason
or another and the academics slipped.
Maybe they’ve slipped for more than one
year. What do you do? First, let me tell
you what not to do, then we’ll talk about
the practical matters of getting caught up.
Three Things You Must Not Do
If you are wallowing in any of these do
not’s, you just might remain in a powerless and unproductive state:
1. Do Not Look Back
Focusing on how far behind you are can
paralyze you. Focus on the fact that God
will give you strength for today to do
what is in front of you. You may have had
a rough start, but if your goal is to please
God, you will have a strong finish.
“Brethren, I count not myself to have
apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those
things which are before, I press toward
the mark for the prize of the high
calling of God in Christ Jesus” (
Philippians 3: 13).
2. Do Not Be Dismayed
The word dismayed is also translated,
“lose heart, grow weary, faint.” You can do
all things through Christ Who strengthens you—even catch up on homeschooling! Your reward is coming . . . hang
“And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we
faint not” (Galatians 6: 9).
3. Do Not Fear
Replace your fear with the right kind—
the fear of the Lord. You can stand
courageous in Him so you won’t have to
give way to ungodly fear. He is with you
and He is in you, and He will strengthen
your arms for the task ahead. Don’t fear
what man says, do what God says.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be
strong and of a good courage; be not
afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for
the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1: 9).
Three Things You Must Do
These three things I will suggest are the
key to success in any area of your life.
If you take time to actually do these
things, you will gain victory over what
is trying to defeat you. They are simple,
but you will never know how powerful
they are unless you put them into actual practice.
Start in worship, go to repentance and
then prayer requests, and end in worship. Our God is great and mighty and
hears the prayers of those who humble
themselves before Him. He strongly
How to Catch
Focusing on how far behind you are can paralyze you.