Before you award me with "Mother of the Year" for teaching my children such a valuable lesson, I should share with you what happened two years ago.
I pulled up to the local dollar store and announced that we were filling our shoebox for a little girl that did not have all the things we did. I knew we could stuff that box full at a discount price. As we perused the aisle of dress up beads and plastic tiaras, I suggested a few items to my daughter that might be suitable for a girl her age. She nodded but nothing excited her.
As I was digging through the disarrayed piles of low-priced loot, my daughter walked over to me, leaned in quietly and asked, "Mom, if every good and perfect gift comes from above, and we are trying to show God's love, then why are we sending them this junk?"
I was so ashamed. She was right. I wanted to fill up my box with cheap trinkets that were sure to break tomorrow so I could feel good about myself for helping someone in need, and all at a discount price.
I loaded the kids back in the car, and we headed over to Target. We passed the dollar discount bins, and went straight to the stuff seven year old girls really like. We found some things that would fit in the box, and I saw a light in my daughter's eyes as she experienced the joy that comes from sharing Jesus.
But I was the one that really learned the lesson that day. God is the giver of every good thing. And He gave us the perfect gift when He gave us Jesus. If I want to show His love to others, I have to be willing to love like He does…extravagantly and sacrificially.
Promise for today:
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17