“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
I love being a mom! (And yes…it’s really easy to say that now when they’re all still asleep like little angels.) It’s tiring, frustrating, not a whole lot of breaks and sometimes I want to throw the towel in. But…I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
One of the things I LOVE about being a mom are the lessons that God teaches me about Himself (and about myself) that I never would have otherwise learned.
All that said, I’m going to share a story that happened yesterday…not to “rat out” my kids, but to share a profound lesson that I learned through them…and some Gummy Bears.
Yesterday, I took a car-full of boys…3 of them mine, one of them a friend…to a sporting goods store to buy shoes for one of them. Crazy? Yes. It wasn’t too bad though.
Shoes in hand, we go to the checkout and (of course) are faced with…the Candy Display. Seeing how I’ve already jumped on the Crazy Train by going shoe shopping with 4 boys, I say Yes when they ask if they can have some gummy bears. Why not go ahead and sugar them up?!!
Before we’re out of the store, bags are ripped open and the 3 youngest boys are devouring the candy. We get to the car and the devouring continues. (My eldest son and I, sitting in the front seat, have yet to be offered a gummy. The 3 younger boys, though, are making sure that what’s in the 2 bags that I’ve purchased is being equally doled out between the 3 of them.)
I suggest that they share some with their brother.
(OK, maybe I want one, too…maybe a red one, but at this point I’m waiting to see if they’ll even offer one.)
Then comes the announcement…“They’re gone!!!”
I looked at my eldest and said…”Wow!! I didn’t even get one!!”
He replies…”And you were the one who bought them!!”
And then, the moment where God gives me this nugget…this teachable moment…and says,
That’s kinda how I feel when my children do the same thing! I give out each breath…each moment…each resource…each talent…each and every dollar, and many times, my children devour the gifts that I give without a single glance my way. Without offering back to me some of what I’ve poured out abundantly to them.
And sometimes they give a small portion, but it’s out of “obligation” and not out of a grateful heart. Sometimes they don’t give their best to Me…sometimes it’s just the leftovers.
And I got it…in that moment…and I said to my eldest, “I wonder how God feels when we do that to Him?” And he got it, too.
I do that…we do that…He gives and we hoard. He opens His hands to us and we close our fists to Him and the others that we are meant to bless with our God~given resources.
“Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor me, and to the blameless I will show my salvation.”
How often do I offer time…talents…resources…with a stingy heart instead of a thankful heart?
How often do I hoard the gifts that God gives me without even glancing His way in thanks? What He wants most from us is our love for Him flowing from a grateful heart. When that happens, the sacrifices and offerings are a natural response out of our crazy love for Him.
“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Forgive me, Lord, for the times that You have poured out gifts to me and I have hoarded them. Forgive me for the times that I’ve had and ungrateful heart. You are so generous! You are the Giver of ALL good things and I thank You. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”