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Content to be a Christian - Issue 255
June 29, 2012
Hi there! ....

Last weekend we went to Naomi's drama night - her drama group had been working with Theatre Sports for the term. It was a fun performance by all the kids. We are very thankful for the adults who give their time to encourage our kids in the performing arts in town.

Josh got his licence so this week I had a first - of knowing my son was driving in town by himself. Mother and son came out of that experience all okay!! LOL.

Daniel has been learning a new programme for animating. He always has these grand ideas but is learning to start with a small project so he can learn the skills and grow into a big project.

One of the things Jess has done this week has been to sort out technology for us to have it all ready for our trip: rechargers, adaptors, external hard drives, cameras, kindles and phones! All multiplied by six!!! She's also done the menu planning for the week - with the goal of using everything in our freezer/pantry and buying very little other than fresh fruit and veg.

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Content to be a Christian

This week’s newsletter is going to be short – I just have a quick question for you to ponder. It is something I've been thinking about. And it is especially pertinent for parents of teens –

Are your kids content to be a Christian?

Or do they think that grass is greener on the other side – that the world looks pretty good?

This is a deep inner belief that you may not even see right now but I think it needs to be thought about and at some stage talked about with your teen.

They may not be eating that green grass – just hankering for it!
or wishing they could just …. maybe taste it? Just for a bit?
Or maybe they are just dabbling … just a little bit? Cause a little bit won’t hurt! (so they say)

A discontent Christian will look at all the things they can’t do –
A content Christian will look at the life they have in Jesus and rejoice.

Another word for content is satisfied…. Are your children satisfied with the life of a Christian? The New Testament encourages us to put off the things that entangle us, that distract us, that do not reflect Jesus and his love towards us. It encourages us to meet with other Christians and to live a life that is separate (holy). We are to love those around us. To go out into the world and make disciples.

Discontent opens the door for a slippery slide. This is true for all areas of life – as a woman – am I content with my shape, size, colouring? Am I content with my home, my talents? Discontent makes us want to cross over into areas that are not for us. Discontent distracts us from our purpose.

God tells us he is sufficient – His grace is sufficient (2 Cor 12:9). That we can do all things through Him who strengthens us (Phil 4:13)

Do our kids know – and believe it when God says: For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jer 29:11)

Do they believe this enough to affect their life, enough to affect their choices they are making. Believe enough to put aside the things of the world, put aside the way the world does things, the things that their friends may be doing. God has a much better plan for you. Can you trust God?

Let your conversation be without covetousness;
and be content with such things as you have:
for he has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

Note: The same question needs to be asked of us – the parents. Are we content Christians? Are we satisfied with the life of a Christian? Do we trust God and his plan for us, for our family? Or are we tempted to have a foot in both camps? Just to cover our bets? We need to set the example of being content as a Christian.

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I wrote a series of answers to questions that were raised at the Mum Heart Conference - lots to read here - can I suggest that if you haven't read it you bookmark it and come back to over the week to read little bit at a time.

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  • What does your week look like?
  • Dealing with Distractions from Little ones
  • Being Enthusiastic for the Long Haul
  • Putting together a Discipleship Homeschool Programme
  • Having Fun and Homeschooling
  • Extra Homeschol Questions
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