Thursday, April 30, 2009

Content (quietly satisfied and happy)

This is not a word that we use very much in our society. It seems that we are always wanting just a little bit more: the latest gadget, a higher salary, a bigger house, a newer car...and this I think is the root of the problem we've been discussing here for several posts. Our children are stressed out. Perhaps they have caught the discontent themselves and now want a higher grade, another activity, more trophies, more recognition. Perhaps they sense our discontent and think it applies to them. Maybe they think we want "a better kid" in addition to all of our other wish list items. May it never be!

In Philipians 4:11-13 Paul says, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." (NIV)

In my last post I scratched the surface of some of the challenges of parenting a special needs child. Considering only this area of supporting our children in their achievements there is a long list of issues to balance, and yet this is what God calls us to. Paul gives us the answer in these verses -- and not just for this area of our lives. Our strength to be the parents that God expects us to be -- the source of training and being cherished for our children -- comes from Him. It's a high calling, but He will provide the power we need to live out that calling. It requires an abiding relationship with Him.

Part one Achievement
Part two Achievement
Part three Achievement


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