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Monday, August 16, 2010

The Most Important Things in Life

"The Most Important Things in Life Aren't Things"

This is what the speaker talked about at the family camp we were at this weekend.  I think the Lord is trying to tell me something!  :)

In my last post I talked about the book Living with Less so Your Family has More.  I have been pondering this for days now and God affirmed my thoughts this weekend at family camp.

You see, I was reminded at Family Camp that there is a battle going on for our kids' hearts.  The enemy would love for us to fill our lives with "things" to distract us from coming to the throne of God.  The enemy would love to keep us busy so that we don't even think of Jesus and the abundant life He desires for us to experience. 

"What good will it be for man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?"  ~Matt 16:26

"But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that." 
~1 Timothy 6:6-8

Contentment---The word “contentment” comes from the Greek word “arkeo” meaning “to be enough” or “to be sufficient”.

To be honest, we live in a culture that tells us that nothing is ever enough---you need the biggest and best of everything----which is impossible to do because there is always something bigger and better.

We are teaching our children the art of discontentedness by giving them "things" and catapulting them right into the enemies hands.

In reality what our children really want and desire is not "things."  It is US!  For they don't know yet that what they are truly yearning for is Jesus.  But God has given Paul and I the awesome role of guiding our children to Him and being examples of His character so that they will some day come to know Him and rely on Him to be their all in all.

My prayer is that God will be enough for our family.  May we not give in to the enemies schemes to take our hearts away from our Creator by busyness and "things." 

God You are all-sufficient.  You ARE enough!  May we not get caught in the things of this world but be content in your provision.  You are about our hearts, not our status.  Work on our hearts to be conformed to yours, oh Lord!  ~amen


Pictures of us at Family Camp @ Sharp Top Cove

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