I have been chasing the things of the world as of late. In particular, I have wanted a house, a home. I have a list of the things I wanted. Not extravagant. One thing on the list is to have space for each kid to have a bed and a dresser. I have two kids right now who just get one drawer for all their clothes. We are less than minimalists. Not that I want to have lots of stuff. I know it’s a burden, but I have a dream of not having to change the clothes out each season because there’s room for warm and cool clothes. I have a dream of having a drawer for my socks. It’s the little things.
But I drove myself crazy in desiring a home. I needed to desire Him. I gave up having a home for His sake, to go on the mission field. Some of our friends, our age, are finished paying off their houses already, and we’ve yet to move into one. Jesus promises that we don’t give up homes without receiving a hundred times as much. I don’t know what that means, but it’s a promise. I think of all the homes we’ve been in over the years, from moving into a dozen homes ourselves, to being welcomed into dozens of others. I know God is abundant in His provision. And when I feel lost as to what I should be doing now, while I’m waiting, I remind myself what I should be seeking after. And when I lose my focus, when I catch myself, I stop and redirect. Seek Him. He’s what I’m after.
Do you teach your kids to not seek after the things of the world? How do balance letting them express their desires and go after them with teaching them what to truly desire?
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