Tis’ the Season to be Content
As we come into the holiday season this year, I'm getting a head start.
I have to admit the bling and sparkle of Christmas-buying-mania drives me crazy. I snarl at commercials promoting new toys. I gulp at long wish lists and enormous price tags. But what bothers me most is the discontentment “needing that thing” brings. And I’m not the only parent who struggles.
“My dad rarely paid child support, and my mom had a hard time working with five children. We never ate out, never drank soda. We had hand-me-down clothes, cheap shoes, and no name brand anything. Though I struggle to make ends meet at times, I find myself wanting to give my kids what I never had,” confessed my friend Michelle from Ohio. “Still, I try to instill the value of a dollar in them and teach them to be content.”
The good news is that, like Michelle, we can train our children to be content in a world that promotes having an endless amount of stuff. Over the next week or so I'll be sharing a few tips to do just that:
Distinguish Between a Want and Need
Teach Kids To Be Happy For Others
Memorize a “Contentment” Scripture
Give Your Kids a “World View” of Riches
Foster a Giving Heart
Teach Delayed Gratification and Appreciation
Read Stories about People Who Discovered True Riches