“Can you scoot over?”
“Did you brush your teeth today?”
“Did someone pass gas?”
“Who forgot to put deodorant on?”
(apparently our family is odiferous)
“I can’t sleep next to her. I’d rather sleep on the floor!”
“Why do I have to sit here, shouldn’t he have to sit here this time?”
These were several statements that rang out from the mouths of our babes while we were away from home two weeks ago. Over and over again this Mama had to remind her children (and herself) that we are beyond blessed. We have so much. We live in a country that has so much. We are in a generation of abundance. We are used to having our own way, our own space, our own opinions, our own…well, everything! Sharing isn’t always easy…and yet it is a great skill and courtesy to practice.
Being that we are a family of nine, there is generally a lot of sharing that occurs. Time, money, responsibilities, conversation, space, the dinner table, stuff…. And as we squeezed into smaller cars and smaller homes, our children seemed to forget how blessed they truly are! Suddenly emotions and frustrations emerged and chaos ensued. Their focus shifted to their personal sense of entitlement rather than expressing compassion or empathy, or placing the needs of another above their own.
We needed a little help getting re-focused. I reminded them of why we were there…to support, and love and be present – emotionally and physically – for their little brother who needed them to be positive and prayerful. We were there for him, to take part in is healing – not to get our own needs met or to have our own way in everything. To be together as a family, enjoying (not loathing) the closeness.
Sometimes it is easy to get stuck in a rut of complaining, rather than pursuing and seeking out the the blessings in this life. We are so blessed, we must remind ourselves over and over again of all that God has done, and continues to do for us. We have many wonderful opportunities presented to us each day. We have to be intentional, taking nothing for granted, and cultivating a thankful heart. As a Mama, I must remind myself and my family about how amazing our life is and how much we have to be grateful for.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:16-18