I took Donut to an Easter egg hunt at our local rec center. It was indoors and by the time we got inside, a lot of the eggs had already been picked up. I told her to go gather some eggs. She ran off and a few seconds later came back squealing “I found an egg! I found an egg!”
I looked at the one measly egg in her basket and urged her to go get more. “Go on, hurry!”
She came back with 5 more eggs in her basket. I looked in her basket, admittedly a little disappointed. Not with her, but at the fact that many of the bigger and more aggressive kids had more eggs in their baskets. A couple of our friends came over and had their girls put a few more eggs in Donut’s basket. “It’s ok, don’t worry about it,” I’d said. Though I was still a little annoyed.
As I relayed the story later that day with my husband, he looked at me and said, “You know that she was happy with what she had. It’s you who was disappointed.”
Yep, I was the one counting. I was the one comparing and grumbling. I wasn’t satisfied with what she had, especially when I looked at how full the other kids’ baskets were. Of course I wanted more for my kid.
But it dawned on me that my attitude wasn’t right. My daughter was happy with what she had. She believed she had enough. And really, she was satisfied with just one egg.
Once again, I’m taught life lessons from a little girl. I’m taught to be thankful for what I do have instead of lamenting what I don’t. Colossians 3:17 tells us to give thanks in whatever we do. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances.
But the biggest lesson, at least for me, comes from Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the workers in the vineyard. See, the workers were paid for their labor, but when they started looking around at what everyone else had, they became dissatisfied. Everyone was looking to get their own. Just as I was for my daughter.
My daughter though, was perfectly happy and perfectly oblivious to the fact that other kids had more. And more of what really? More stuff? Her attitude reflected that she knew she had enough. She was satisfied with what was in her basket. And if she thought it was lacking in any way, well, that’s when she had friends alongside her to help fill her basket up.
If we take the time to look around, we will likely see that we do have enough. If we take the time to thank our Heavenly Father, we will see how He richly blesses us. And in the times that we lack, He is able to send faithful friends to supply our need.
I’m humbled by the lessons my children continually teach me. And grateful for a patient Lord who reminds me that truly, I have enough.