An Unholy Competition
I observed an interesting life lesson the other night while playing with my granddaughters; one which I instantly applied to real life among adults.
After bribing (yes, bribing) one to let me brush her tangled hair, I promised to give her a handful of coins if she sat very still. This lasted a good five minutes and then she jumped up, spun around and held out her hand for the goods.
Of course, none of this went unnoticed by her sister, who watched me place the coins into her sister’s hand.
When I finished handing over the prize, the other came straight up and asked me for her own coins. I told her that I didn’t have any more coins, but that I would gladly give her a dollar bill, to which she boldly said……”I don’t want a dollar! I want what she has!”
Realizing that this matter would not be settled until I produced more coins, I dug until I found some and placed them in her tiny hand and watched her walk away perfectly satisfied.
I stood there for a minute soaking up the lesson that I had just witnessed…….
I had offered her a dollar, which had much more value than the coins I placed in her sister’s hand and subsequently, hers. But she didn’t care about the amount; she just wanted what her sister had, even if it wasn’t as valuable.
Do you get it?
Isn’t that what we are constantly doing in our own lives?
Most of us are abundantly blessed by God. He knows how to give good gifts to his children!
But we spend our days on social media, at work, in our community of friends, wherever, and we covet and pine away for what someone else has, instead of being grateful and thankful for what God has already given us or is offering us in the moment.
Gifts, blessings - whatever the Lord gives you is what you need and it’s within that gift that you will find your contentment - if you’re not constantly looking to see what others have.
If our goal is always to have what someone else has, then I believe we will go through life missing all the good things God has for us and has already given.
It’s a small lesson, with a huge meaning.
Don’t covet what someone else has, because it may come with strings or commitments that you’re not ready for or not willing to bear.
Be satisfied with what you have in the moment, because the value of it might be tremendously more than anything else you could hunt for or demand.
When the time is right, God will place all you need, right in the palm of your hand and the value will be above and beyond what you ever imagined.
After all, he knows how to give good gifts to his children.
***Side note about the quote*** I found this while flipping through my writing notebook. It's a note a jotted down a few years back, but it describes my style of writing perfectly. I love to observe life and find the lessons in the living. I'm finding that children will teach you many things.....if only you'll look and see.****