Friday, May 10, 2013

Mom, Are We Poor?

In the car as we do errands, my daughter asks:

9yo:  Mom, are we poor?  Sometimes I feel like we are.
Me:  Well, there are certainly people who have a lot more than us, but there are many more people in this world who have much LESS than us.  We have so much.
9yo:  Really?
Me:  Yes.  Do you have food and water every day?
9yo:  Yes.
Me:  Do you have a roof over your head every night and a bed to sleep in?
9yo:  Yes.
Me:  Do you have clothes to wear?
9yo:  Yes.
Me:  Then you are NOT poor.  God promises to always take care of our needs. 
9yo:  You're right, Mom.

That night, after tucking in the kids, I pray:

Me:  God, I have so many needs!
Answer:  Tell me more.  
Me:  Well, I need (blank), (blank) and I REALLY need (blank).  And it sure would be nice to have (blank) because I'm going crazy.
Answer:  Do you have food and water every day?
Me:  Yes.
Answer:  Do you have a roof over your head every night and a bed to sleep in?
Me:  Yes.
Answer:  Do you have clothes to wear?
Me:  Yes.
Answer:  And aren't you surrounded by a very loving family and huge supportive network of friends?  
Me:  Well, yes I am.
Answer:  I have already blessed you and you know I've got this covered, right?
Me:  Yes.... I love you, God!
Answer:  You know I love you always, and Amy, don't forget about my children who do not have what you have.

From the Bible:  the book of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 24-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?"


Noteable Scraps said...

Love it! Have been thinking along the same lines as we move into retirement. My daughter just did the 30-hr famine and I think it had an effect! :-)

Amy said...

Wow, I'm sure the 30-hr famine was quite an experience! I feel like I'm constantly learning this lesson over and over! I guess we're always learning on the journey, no matter what age. :) Thanks for sharing.

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