by Holy Host
It’s not what you have in life, but how you obtained it that matters to God.
Sadly, it seems that more and more parents want their kids to have everything even at the expense of others and at the emotional expense of their own children.
Every year there are stories of parents fighting with little league coaches and even other parents about how much time their kids get on the field.
There are also television reality shows about dance and beauty contestant moms and dads battling for their children to get the most attention or favor.
It is normal, healthy and even honorable to want the best for your child…but not at the expense of good character.
When you embrace the “take it and run” mentality you set yourself, and your children up for failure.
Scripture puts it this way:
24 There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more,
And there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. 25 The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered.
Even at the earliest of age, children are looking to you, their parents, to guide them in the way that they should go.
When you teach them to be selfish, you are teaching them to devalue others and be prideful instead of humble.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”
Your children may not get everything they want all of the time but they will also learn how to be happy with what they have and enjoy truly earning something never out of envy but rather hard work.
God wants you to gain in a Godly way, the enemy wants you to gain at all costs.
14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
Achieving gain in the proper way not only reflects on who you are but also gives glory to God.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”