In recent days, I have had a few conversations that have, in a roundabout way, given the impression + come to the conclusion that many children in today's world are completely ungrateful for what they have .
One of these conversations was regarding passing out Halloween candy to sweet little children dressed up happily at my friend's door, and the response she received when a child was given a piece of candy he did not prefer as much as another kind . Or when other little trick.or.treaters that evening were under the impression that one piece of candy was surely not enough for them and more was deserved . This friend of mine was taken aback at their ungrateful response . I mean, hadn't she freely given these little ones candy ? Couldn't they just be thankful ? Couldn't they just say "thank you" and walk to the next door to continue filling their buckets of sugar ?
Being in the teaching profession for five years also brought many of these situations to mind for me . Situations in which I had gone out of my way to create something beautiful or buy something extraordinary or bake something delicious or teach something powerful - all for the good of my students - hoping that there would be appreciation there . And while certain students would respond in gratitude and smiles and shouts and hugs and thank yous, there were always a handful that expected more or expected better than what I had freely given .
I may have initially thought of these overly blessed / underly grateful children when writing these words today :
And I was reminded once more of a truth from 1 Corinthians 1 3 : 1 1, which says :
When I was a child,
I T A L K E D like a child,
I T H O U G H T like a child,
I R E A S O N E D like a child .
When I become a man,
I put the ways of childhood behind me .
These children may still respond a little foolishly from day to day, or perhaps greatly foolishly from time to time . And that is why it is ever.so.important that I, N O T a child anymore put this very childishness behind me + respond in gratitude - so these sweet little lads + lassies can be learning how to respond in this way + growing in their ability to respond in thankfulness for all that is around them .
I have no doubt I'll be reminded of this often as I jump into the life of a mama,
but I don't want to be a G R E A T F O O L anymore .
No, I want to count my blessings + be G R A T E F U L .
A L S O :
I would love to have others join in taking small moments each day to begin filling each empty space in a gratitude notepad like my own . Writing those W O R D S, those reminders off all that you may have to be grateful for . Already sending out a few notepads . . . join in the goodness, you .
And for a look into my thankful mind 1 1 . 0 4 . 2 0 1 2 :