Celena is almost thirteen and she is slowly growing up. She proved that this past weekend by doing something only a mature person would do. Allow me to explain. First, let me set the context. Aunt Vonnie offered Celena the opportunity to earn some cash by helping her make applesauce. Celena jumped at the chance to make money for the next toy she desires to have–an IPod Touch. Celena helped. Aunt Vonnie paid generously. Celena was happy.
And that’s when she began to shine.
After only a couple minutes of being home, Celena came to me with the cash and said, “I want an IPod Touch, but here’s the money for the family.”
Some of what we have been teaching is sticking!
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).
Celena put the needs of the family before the desires of her flesh!
Don’t get me wrong. I do not believe that there is anything bad with my daughter desiring an IPod Touch. Sometimes I buy wants rather than needs. However, we are in a season of lean, not plenty. Needs are trumping wants. And the kids understand. We have decided to keep them in the loop of our situation so that they can pray with us and watch God provide.
And God provided–through one of the kiddos! It was a “love touch” from God through Celena.
Pretty cool, eh?!