Had a wonderful night at Bible study and left inspired to write this weeks encouragement.
My children have never known what it is to go without. They have never been truly hungry, cold or alone. They have enjoyed a comfortable life every moment of their lives. In each of those moments I find myself grateful that God in His grace has provided us with these comforts.
I find myself in the midst of this appreciation wondering how to teach them about simple pleasures, contentment and empathy for those who are without. How to explain to them how they could have so much and a child elsewhere in the world could go hungry…how do I teach them they need God when their lifestyle seems to leave them ‘needing’ nothing.
I remember in Philippians 4:11-12 Paul wrote:
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
He reminds us that as there are skills to learn and know how to manage and turn to God in need, we need to also learn to have contentment in plenty. Scripture also tells us that we need to use everything good thing God has given us to serve others.
The answer as with so much of parenting is simple…teach them about and lead them to God. In doing so, it is essential we look at our own example. We need to be bold and speak to them with confidence reminding them of how blessed they are. We need to stop complaining ourselves and have their minds be filled with words and sentiments of the gratitude that we personally experience for all that we have. We need them to realize that every small blessing in our lives is a provision from God and although He has made us stewards here on Earth everything has been and will always belong to him.
How can we expect our children to find contentment, to really understand how good God has been in their lives if they never see us emulating that in our own lives.
Finally, we need to hold tight to scripture. Scripture is truth that will set you free and keep you humble.
This week I leave you with these verses…have a blessed week ladies!
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.
1 Timothy 6: 7-8
For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
1 Chronicles 29:14
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
1 Corinthians 12:26
If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.