Creativity and Contentment: Lessons From a Child

I sat on the floor of Rosalind’s room the other day with a pile of blocks in front of me. They are a garage sale find – a mix of real Duplos and cheap knock offs with just one little person.

As we played I thought, “I really ought to get her more people. All she has is this fire man. She needs a little family.

But as we constructed a house, then an amphitheater and finally a tower just for the little man I realized that she is perfectly content. One Duplo person is enough. Having just one makes him extra special. Imagination supplies anything that may be wanting.

As mothers we desire the best for our children. This God-given desire is ingrained in us and it’s a good and wonderful thing.

But so often, what we think is best, really isn’t.

Inadvertently, our desire for what is best can lead to discontentment. Rather than making sure she has all the toys “necessary to be happy”, I should be focusing on instilling creativity and contentment.

“Godliness with contentment is great gain,” the Scriptures tell us.

I can’t teach my child to be content if I am not content. Grateful joyous contentment, not only in where God has me, but the toys that my daughter has must lead the way.

Much better to gratefully enjoy what we have than want more. Not filling up our homes with “little people*” leaves room and time to treasure the blessings we have been given.

*Little Duplo people of course, hopefully my home will always be full of real little people!


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  1. says

    Yes! How many times have I overdone it with buying too many toys when they were perfectly happy and content with what they had. My son loves trains and we have just gone over the top with buying all the characters, tracks and types of trains – he was much happier when he had only 4 or 5 plain trains and a wooden track that only made a figure 8.

    Yet, I was the one who was discontent thinking it wasn’t enough!

  2. says

    thank you for this. I am always striving for contentment – and if I watched I would learn that from my son. I was thinking the same thing – my son has so many trains and really only plays with two (one he takes every where with him)…we both just get frustrated when he puts them all together and they fall apart and off the track and such. more does not always equal better.

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