Sunday, November 21, 2010

Growing Grateful Kids

Today I read a chapter from Growing Grateful Kids titled Embrace Contentment. I'd like to share with you some of my take-aways from this chapter. They are applicable to so many of us, in so many different life situations...

"Contentment (or lack thereof) has little to do with our circumstances and everything to do with what we tell ourselves about those circumstances."

"Jesus wants us to spend most of our time looking up. He is writing a beautiful story with our lives. His will for us is our best-case scenario. He doesn't want us to want someone else's story...because ours fits us perfectly. What a shame to throw the book across the room because we don't like the chapter we're living at the moment! To be content is to trust that God is great and that He is always up to something good."

"God says, "Be thankful in the moment. Come and spend some time with Me, and I will give you peace."  What is the opposite of such God-responses? Whining. Complaining. Grumbling. Comparing. Buying. Eating. Spending. Charging. Striving. Stressing. Buying more. Eating more. Charging more. Stressing more. More. More. More. And the result? Less peace. Less joy. Less perspective. Less generosity. Less conviction. And less of a sense that God is good."

"Cultivating a lifestyle of contentment is simply about walking through every season with a core value of gratitude and trust and a heart that declares: "God has been good to us and He'll come through for us again. At this very moment I possess more than I can comprehend and I'm more blessed than I know. I embrace what I have today and I'll trust God for the desires of my heart. Right now, He's more than enough for me."

Parental application: Every day, point out to your child the countless ways that you are truly rich. Help them to learn at a young age that every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17).

1 comment:

Anna C said...

Good stuff, Stacy. I so want to raise my children to be grateful, but I know that starts with my own attitude. I love the idea of finding things every day to talk about with them what we are grateful for.