The title is true.
There are some types of blogs I simply won’t read. And it’s also true that perhaps it would be in your best interest not to read this one.
I love reading, so don’t get me wrong that I am against finding information, new ways of running my home, and encouragement to love my husband. I’m always needing motivation on how to become more organized or to keep on training my children.
But it’s also true that reading too much of certain types of blogs can breed discontentment in my life.
Discontentment in my home, in my marriage, and in my relationship with Jesus Christ.
Let me give you an example. I do not follow many homeschooling blogs. With how much I loved school as a child and teaching as an adult, I would homeschool my children in less than a heartbeat. I’d love to plan their books and personalize their curriculum to fit their specific needs.[pullquote]Discontentment is like yeast . . . if you feed it, it will grow exponentially.[/pullquote]
However, we also have an exceptional, Christian school right at our very own Mennonite church. And my husband and I have both agreed that it would be best for our children if we’d take them to our church school. In fact, Lowell is now on the school board – so we are privileged to have even more involvement in our school. We also feel it would be best for the children socially, since we live 2,000 miles away from most cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Thus, any social life they get comes from our church family.
This is the reason I only read a couple homeschooling blogs, and even then, not closely. It has the potential to breed discontentment in my heart, thus causing friction in my marriage and family.
Proverbs 4:23 says,
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
And sometimes we must take decided steps to keep our hearts with diligence.
I also don’t read some blogs because, as I’m reading, I will get a very uncomfortable feeling in my spirit. I believe if we’re grounded in God’s Word, we will have moments where the Holy Spirit will gently nudge us away from unbiblical reasoning and theology. Those blogs are better left untouched.
So why should you perhaps not read this blog?
Simple, really. Your main priority is to do as Proverbs says and keep your heart with all diligence. You will answer to God for your own heart someday.
Let me give you some more examples.
If you struggle with the silent heartache of infertility, reading this blog might cause you more heartache. Not that we wouldn’t love to have you here, but my own heart breaks to think we might be unintentionally adding to someone else’s pain. We tend to post quite a few pictures of our children, which the grandmas love to look at 2,000 miles away! But if seeing these pictures of our children causes you more pain and discontentment with the path God has chosen for you, you might consider finding a blog of someone who has walked down your path – with healing and contentment. [pullquote]If you know that it will breed discontentment in your heart with your circumstances, your marriage, your children, or your relationship with Jesus Christ – then just don’t go there.[/pullquote]
If you live in the city and have always wanted to live in the country, and seeing the pictures of country life in the mountains makes you bitter, you might want to consider reading of someone who has learned to live happily in the city – where God called them to.
If you and your husband made the decision to homeschool your children, but reading of how we send our children to our church school makes you envious, you might be better off finding one of the fantastic homeschool blogs to follow.
God has called us all to different paths of life, some harder than others. And we have to each choose how we will foster our attitudes along the path He has chosen for us. Will we feed the discontentment we have growing in our hearts, or will we choose to learn joy in our journey?
Discontentment is like yeast . . . if you feed it, it will grow exponentially.
Do you see a theme here?
You don’t have to read a certain blog post just because someone posted it on facebook. If you know that it will breed discontentment in your heart with your circumstances, your marriage, your children, or your relationship with Jesus Christ – then just don’t go there.
Now I am assuming whatever is causing discontentment is not a real sin issue in you or your husband’s life. It is good if we can study to find out if something is Biblical or not; but for the sake of this article, we are assuming it is personal decisions or life’s circumstances causing discontentment.
I’ll be honest, there was a decision that my husband and I had differing opinions on for a while. And if I’d read blogs and articles that bolstered my side of the argument, it only caused my discontentment to grow. Bitterness towards my husband’s decision and a questioning of his authority were the result of reading certain blogs.
It didn’t take long for me to realize the end result would be worse than the original disagreement. And I quit those blogs. I had to take steps to keep my heart with all diligence. And in turn, the hearts of my husband and children.
Believe me, I’m not trying to shoo anyone away from this little piece of the internet world. But I’m trying to portray the lesson I had to learn the hard way:
Keep your heart . . . that’s what you’ll take to eternity with you!