I was talking with a friend earlier and she had me very impressed. She plans to be married this summer and hopes for children soon afterwards.
But as she went out Christmas shopping with her nephew recently she has become worried about her future children. She was concerned because she said it seems that today, children are never satisfied with what they have. With gift after gift, still they want more.
And she remembered fondly of her childhood birthday parties. She grew up in Iraq. And she said for her birthday all of her family would get together and celebrate. And her gift each year would be her birthday cake.
And she was happy with that cake. All she needed was her family and her cake and she was a satisfied little girl. And that's what she wants for her children too.
Of course I had to tease her and fear for her poor children who wouldn't get any fun gifts to play with. But after I got done teasing I had to agree with her viewpoint. Kids often do get buried in gifts and lose sight of the true meaning of certain celebrations (Christmas, birthdays...).
And sadly, some children never grow out of this. Many adults still pursue happiness by aquiring more material goods. But it will never matter how much they buy. Nothing people can buy will ever bring spiritual satisfaction.
And without spirtual satisfaction, people will never feel content.
So to the parents out there, you can always try to compete with the neighbor down the road and see who can buy their child the greatest gifts.
Or you can teach your children that the greatest gift in this world is love. And once they get that gift from you ... then they'll be content.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." (KJV 1 Timothy 6: 6,7)
My thoughts for you,
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