Thursday, September 18, 2008

Photostory Friday: That's Not Good Enough

My kids just had birthdays a few weeks ago. Bella on August 24th, and Buddy about 2 weeks later. We got them hula-hoops. Bella, obviously got hers first, since her birthday comes first. Buddy loved her hula-hoop. He longed for one of his own (fortunately we knew this would be the case and had already purchased one for him too and were saving it for his birthday.) In the meantime, anytime Bella put her hula-hoop down, Buddy was all over it. Playing with it, leading it around like a beloved pet, talking about it at the dinner table, how he was going to play with it as soon as he got done eating (as long as his big sister wasn't already playing with it). It was no surprise that he was overcome with joy when he received his very own little ring of bliss. No more waiting his turn, no more asking permission and hoping that her highness, the 4 year old, would grant his request. His new, Buddy owned hula-hoop was lead around like a beloved pet anytime he wanted it.

That was about 2 weeks ago, about a decade to a three year old. Yesterday the boys were in their room playing. Buddy called me into his room requesting help with something. He held in his hands two flexible orange tubes that connect to one another. He wanted me to put them together to form a circle. Guess what he wanted to use it for? It was incredible to me. There, in the very room he played in, was an actual hula-hoop. One that, just days ago, could not be matched, in the eyes of my sweet boy, for a better toy. And now, here he was, looking for something "better" to replace to it.

How revealing this was to me, simply a larger version of this child. The 25 years I have on my son does not seem to have given me much more maturity in matters of want. I become so easily discontent with things that, not that long ago, brought me such joy. Instead I find myself, like a child, looking for something to replace what I have already been blessed with. I call God in and ask him to put together the pieces to "a new toy" when what I need sits right in front of me.

Lord, teach me to be content with what I have. Help me to be an example of this to my children. Thank you for providing all that we need and then some!

My husband and I came across a quote earlier this year. We refer to it often; it has become one of our favorites:

The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin but the good, which is not good enough.
By Oswald Chambers

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  1. This was a great post and a great reminder. I'm completely with you on wanting something new all the time - that's why I took up photography (always a new image). That last quote is as fantastic as it is true.
    I love the "ring of bliss" comment.

  2. interesting quote!
    I call think "I want its" - then they have it and no longer want its.
    Give him a day or two to rediscover it again!

  3. I also see that he is somewhat of an inventor and creator. He sees something different in everyday things. From your post it seems as if he has received this gift from you! What a blessing it is for him to have a mom and dad like you! Enjoyed the PSF post!

  4. what a gift this post was...thanks for that!

  5. Awww, how blessed I am - my children have grown up, not in age or maturity, they have grown up spiritually too. I love your posts Sarah, they make me cry - with pride and because of what they minister to my soul. I love what resides in your heart. love you roo! your very blessed mama

  6. I love that you see a lesson in this seemingly insignificant moment. What a great reminder for us all!

    I also love that your children obviously live in a home where they are allowed to explore their world, try new things and imagine. That is a gift,

  7. I like that quote. It is so true and you are not alone. I find that the more I acquire, the more I want. The more I practice restraint, the less I focus on things. What a good mom you are to want to teach your children well where this is concerned.

  8. A wise man once said, "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money" Ecc 5:10
    Another good post Sarah. Dad

  9. Your kids are adorable! Thank you for stopping in!

  10. It's crazy what deep lessons we can learn from little children. Another great post.


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