Like most kids, Nathan will often ask for more of something before he's even finished with what he already has. For example, at the grocery store, they often hand him a roll of Smarties at the check-out. (Sometimes I'm thankful for the distraction, other times I'd rather pass on the extra sugar!) Before he's even half-way through the treat, Nathan regularly asks for more candy. Wanting to curb this attitude, I usually say something to the effect of "Nathan, please don't ask for more. You need to be thankful for what you have."
Fast forward to yesterday morning. We sat down at the table to color, and Nathan opened his box of crayons. He started handing me some, and then said (you guessed it!): "Please don't ask for more, Mommy. You need to be thankful for what you have." At first, I was amused by his words. I hadn't asked for any crayons, let alone more, and it was kind of funny to hear my words repeated back to me verbatim.
Then as his words sunk in a bit more, I thought, "Thank You, Lord, that he's getting it." Of course it's OK to ask for more in certain situations, but I'm trying to teach contentment and thankfulness (especially) when Nathan receives gifts or special treats.
But then, I had a third wave of realization--I thought of Jesus saying those same words to me: "Please don't keep asking for more, Carrie. You need to be thankful for what you have." It was a poignant reminder to me that so often I selfishly clamor or daydream for more, and I need to be thankful--for all that I've been given.