Have you ever taken your children to the shops and just at the checkout, there’s all the chocolate and they toys and the lollies that tempts the kids right at their eye level? They’re so clever at placing just the right thing to tempt your kids at just the right time. I heard a story of a father that took his children into the supermarket. He took them into the toy aisle. He made them lean in and listen carefully to the toys in the aisle. And he said, “Can you hear that kids? Can you hear what they’re saying?They’re saying, buy me! Buy me! He said thats what they say to you in the shops wherever you go in every shopping centre, in every supermarket, they’re crying out, buy me!” He taught them a valuable lesson that day. He said, “Don’t listen to what they are saying. Don’t fall into the trap of the world by coveting everything that you see, otherwise, you’ll always want the latest toy, the latest gadget, the latest upgrade. Be content with what you already have.” In Hebrews 13:5, the Bible says “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.'” In this day and age where advertising is always telling us to buy this and that and get the latest and greatest. Lets not give in to the spirit of the age and lets not covet the things we don’t have. Lets be grateful and content with what we already have. And lets remember that when we’re blessed, we’re blessed to be a blessing.
Hector Costello is Principal of Freshwater Christian College in Cairns. Hector came to faith after a friend reached out to him over a 2 year period in the local cricket nets! Hear his testimony & his heart for raising children in a godly schooling environment.
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