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Article – We are so rich!!
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Article – We are so rich!!
We are coming to the time of the year
when are children can get the “I want, or I
need, or must have” for Christmas. There is
so much pressure from everywhere to buy and meet our
children’s every need and want. Also, in the
United States we are getting close to Thanksgiving
and a time to gives thanks for our blessings from
God. I have recently been thinking about how rich
everyone of us who subscribe to this newsletter is,
even if you think you don’t have much.
Listen to some of the following statistics:
½ of the world’s population live on $1
to $2 dollars a day, over 1 billion people on the
earth lack adequate housing, and 1 billion people
in the world are illiterate. The fact that you are
reading this and you own a computer or have one at
work shows just how rich you are. The fact that you
make more than 1 to 2 dollars a day you are richer
than half of the world’s population.
I say all of this for us to impress
upon ourselves and our children just how much we have.
When I was in graduate school, my husband and I went
on a trip to Kenya. At that time, we were truly struggling
to make ends meet and believe me we did not feel the
least bit rich. When I got to Kenya and saw whole
families living in mud huts with a dirt floor, I realized
how truly rich I was. My little 2 bedroom apartment
all of the sudden felt like a mansion. We often compare
ourselves to others who have more than us not realizing
how truly blessed we are.
We are also rich for who we are in Christ.
We have Christ we truly need nothing else. In 1 Timothy
6:17-19 we read, “Command those who are rich
in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put
their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to
put their hope in God, who richly provides us with
everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good,
to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing
to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for
themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age,
so that they may take hold of the life that is truly
We are commanded to do good and be rich
in good deeds. I would encourage all of us to encourage
our children to think of others and to realize how
truly rich we are. We have so much to be thankful
for. My children really enjoy doing the Samaritan’s
Purse Shoeboxes. They love picking out what will go
in the boxes. The Shoeboxes have become a family tradition.
The cut-off dates for this will be soon. You can also
go to www.samaritanspurse.org
and they have a Christmas catalog. You can buy blankets,
chicks, a goat, and many more things for a needy family.
What a lasting gift for eternity, that won’t
break and will be used for many years to come.
We are rich in material things, but
more importantly we are rich for whose we are. We
are royalty in God’s kingdom, we have eternal
life, and what could be more precious than that. Spend
time thanking God today for all your many blessings.
Begin with the basics: food, shelter, the ability
to read, safety, etc. Our God is an awesome God who
can provide all our needs.
Encourage your children at Thanksgiving or Christmas
to list all the things they are thankful for and share
that together as a family. Have adults participate
as well. You will learn so much from everyone.
Till next time,
Kimberly M. Chastain
Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is
the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage
and Family Therapist. She is the author of 2 ebooks
and an online Bible study. You can find more information
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