Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Teaching Contentment

This is my question. In a society that teaches anything but, how do we teach our children contentment. So many people struggle with this on a daily basis and so much of what society now thinks of as must have items, are truly splurges when we get right down to it. So how do we teach contentment with what you have? Wish I knew. But I did stumble upon this post today which I think provides a bit of food for thought.

1 comment:

Ashley M. said...

Aww I loved that article! Great post. Makes me feel a little less restless when I walk into my kitchen and see the wallpaper circa 1987 with the hearts and strawberries. I'd still kinda like to remove it because it makes me dizzy when I look at it for too long, but ... anyway.

I was talking to my neighbor and they have 5 or 6 biological children, and then 3-4 foster children depending on the month. She was saying that when they started fostering and just generally serving their community a lot more, she saw a huge change in her kids. They started to realize how blessed they are. They don't have much. They are definitely not rich. But compared to some in our world, they're living a life of relative luxury. That's something I'm trying to keep in mind with my kiddos. Having a heart geared toward stewardship, which I think naturally lends itself to gratitude and contentment. I'm not saying I know exactly how to make that happen or if I'll be terribly successful at it, but it's something we're *trying* to instill in them. Hopefully. And...for what it's worth, I think you've done a great job with your own crew so far.