The Thing that Could Finally Make Your Kids Happy

July 27, 2012

in Everyday Fruit,Everyday Relationships,Generosity,Mothering

‘If I could, sweet girl, I would love to buy you this one thing.’

‘What, Mama, what would you get me?’

‘I would buy you contentment. Because that’s really the only thing that will finally make you happy with all these things.’

‘What’s contentment?’

‘It’s satisfaction, peace, a sweet place of rest. I could buy you that doll and that one and even that one, but you know what? All the dolls in the world would never be enough unless you owned contentment.’

‘But all I want is just this one, and that set, and maybe that one too.’

‘And then what? What happens after you get all of those? Will you really finally be happy?’

‘You know what, I don’t know what to do with you. Because I really do love you so much and really, every time you ask for just about anything, I want to do just about everything to get it for you.’

‘Really, Mama, you do?’

‘I do. But you know, this isn’t heaven yet. And all that we may want here isn’t necessarily meant to be enjoyed here. Sometimes, I think I want to give you all that’s in this world. But then I realize I may be giving you something awful.’

‘What’s that, Mama?’

I might be giving you a love of money, I might be filling your toy baskets and your drawers with a love for the things of this world. I hate to see you disappointed, but I think I’m more afraid of seeing you distracted. All these dolls and dresses and desserts can fool you into thinking that the world is home.’

‘And it’s not?’

‘Not for those who want to live finally and always with Christ. Remember, He was the One who had no place to lay his head. When they killed Him, He only owned the shirt on His back.’

‘Well, we have a big house and we have a lot more than just one shirt.’

‘That’s true. This is confusing, girl. I have to tell you that I don’t know how to do this-how to live life here in America, here in this house, and stay free from the love of all the things here in America and in this house. This is going to be a long journey. But, Jesus did this first, you know?’

‘Jesus lived in America?’

‘No, but He lived in wealth-surrounded by all that He could ever want, especially the rich presence of His Father. And He left it all behind to come down and save us. If anyone does, Jesus knows how to be content.’

‘And that’s the promise in that verse we learned, right? What does it say at the end…‘Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with you have,’ because, why?’

‘Because God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”‘

‘So, I have to tell you that I don’t know if I should get you that doll or let you earn money to buy that set yourself or if we should honestly ever buy anything more at all. I just don’t know. But I will promise you this-I’m going to get up early and pray hard that Christ will be here in me and you and in this house. I promise you that we’ll go everyday to the storehouse of God and read and sing and pray and remind ourselves that Jesus is with us.’

‘And maybe, just maybe, we’ll find ourselves finally happy.’

‘So, can I get that doll?’

‘Oh sweet girl, we’ll see. We’ll see’

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6


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