Godly Sorrow, Worldly Sorrow, and Joy

Godly Sorrow, Worldly Sorrow, and Joy

In 2 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul writes that “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve experienced a lot of sorrow in my homeschool journey. And to be honest, I don’t think I’m the only one. Many parents I talk to have experienced a gamut of emotions ranging from guilt and fear to conviction and resolution. But Joy? A serene and sustained sense of joy and peace seems elusive for many. It sure has for me. Is that the way it’s supposed to be? I remain convinced that homeschooling is a sacred vocation. And I believe the Apostle Paul’s words can show us a path to bearing the fruit of the Spirit in that vocation, a fruit which includes joy.

Recorded live at the 16th annual Living Education Retreat.

12 Replies to “Godly Sorrow, Worldly Sorrow, and Joy”

  1. This was such a powerful talk Art. I think powerful, and for many – healing. Thank you for thoughtfully sharing and reminding. I will be sharing with several friends.

  2. God bless you, Art! I wept. I’m going to need to listen again and again when I feel weighed down and discouraged. Bless you, bless you! I do not have enough words to tell you how much I needed this and how timely it is.

  3. Thank you for generously sharing your uplifting talk. My husband and I graduated our fourth and final student in May 2022. Your openness will service as a reminder and encouragement to many. With many young moms seeking my support, I’m eager to share this podcast. Thank you again for making this available.

  4. So thankful for the hard work and transparency that went into preparing and sharing this inspirational talk. My husband and I were so blessed by this talk, thank you very much.

  5. Hello, Art. This is such a needed message! Is there a written copy of this that I could translate into Spanish for our growing community of Spanish-speaking Charlotte Mason educators? Thank you in advance!

  6. This is one of the most important and powerful talks I have ever read or listened to about our approach to homeschooling, and for that matter, life. Thank you so much, Art.

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