Kayla went back to golf January of this year and she has been taking it seriously. She would wake up a little past 5 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for her training at Camp Aguinaldo and would also play with her Papa in Batangas during weekends. She’s been training for almost a year now with Coach Jun Cedo and she has greatly improved over the past months. I don’t play golf. I don’t totally understand how it’s played and the terms used in the sport. And to be honest, I’d rather stay in bed and get some more hours of sleep than wake up really early and be among those driving on the road and going through the morning rush.
But I do believe in Kayla’s potential and giftedness in golf. I believe this is God’s gift to her and it is her area of strength. If Arielle is gifted in the visual and performing arts, Kayla, being a kinesthetic learner, is gifted in physical activities and has found golf to be one of the fields where she’s most comfortable at and physically designed for. I remember I was starting to get frustrated and worried around 2 to 3 years ago, not clearly knowing what Kayla is inclined to do. It was easy and so obvious with Arielle but with Kayla, I had no clue. Her interests kept on changing, after letting her try different things like theatre, swimming, cooking, baking, and her on-and-off interest in golf. So I started praying to God, asking Him to show us where Kayla’s strength lies and what she was made for. God’s answer did not come right away which I believe was teaching me all along to trust in our Lord and learn that there is a time for everything.
Well, God’s answer came clear this 2015 as He revealed to us that Kayla CAN actually PLAY GOLF and she has a very strong potential in the sport. Now that Arielle is already going to SCAD-HK for college in Fall 2016, I am so thankful to the Lord for now showing me how I should guide and support Kayla. After Arielle, it’s now Kayla’s turn to carve her path. God’s timing is always perfect! He just knows that it’s now time for me to focus on Kayla after I’ve homeschooled Arielle.
Kayla still has lots to learn in golf but she’s off to a good start, now that she’s serious about it. Golf is definitely giving her the focus and the drive to perform better, not only in the sport but also in her studies. Her improvements in her swings and distance over the months, placing in the tournaments she has joined so far, and even the discipline she is now showing to balance her academics, trainings, and tournaments are already small victories worth celebrating. They are blessings I am really thankful for!
May this be a reminder to all parents, especially homeschooling parents who feel pressured by family members and friends that:
- Each child is unique and has his/her own strengths and talents.
- Each child will naturally learn and grow at his/her own pace.
- Progress is more important than perfection.
- God’s timing is always perfect.
- There is a time for everything.
- We are not to conform to what everyone else is doing, if we really want our child to happily and successfully live a life specifically designed for him/her by God.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Just like the objective of a golf game, which is to get the ball into the hole with the least amount of strokes or swings of the golf club, it is my goal as a homeschool mom to help Kayla focus and reach her target, her life goals, her life calling, by equipping her with the skills and training in order to play the game of life well and successfully.
I pray that as parents, we may all be able to discern God’s will and purpose for each of our children, and that when it is revealed to us by the Lord, we will have the strength, love, and faith to give them the guidance and support that they need.