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Raising a family

As a radical teenager, we used to talk about giving our life for God. Changing the world. Telling others about Jesus. Righting injustice.

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We would also say – “Don’t become conventional; 9 to 5 job, raising a family, paying a mortgage. No way man, stay radical!”

Well, my kids are grown up now and I’ve gotta say, we had that all wrong. I’ve realised – and I didn’t realise it too late – that the most important people you have to demonstrate the love of God to, is your family.

When you have kids, you need to focus inwards for a number of years. Provide a stable home. Raise solid children. You never get that time again.

Ministry shouldn’t cost your own kids. Indeed, if your life doesn’t attract your own family to Christ, what’s it worth to others?

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at


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