Today, I read this blog post.
Did you read it? You should. I’ll wait.
As I read the article, I thought to myself “this is so true” and “yup, I do that”. I complain. A lot. Just ask my husband.
But you know what? My kids also complain. They complain about going to football practice. They complain about the dinner that I so carefully thought-out. They complain about the outfit they have to wear to church.
But just as mommies need to remember the words in this article, so do our children.
They need to remember that life is precious. It is a gift. And it really sucks when that gift is taken away.
If you have read any of my posts, you may remember our son Luke. We lost Luke about 6 1/2 years ago. He was a gift. A teeny-tiny, broken-hearted little gift. Who would whimper, but not cry. Who only smiled a few times.
Who never got to grow up.
My nephew Greg battled Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was in 8th grade. Eighth grade. His world had changed in an instant. Thankfully, Greg has been in remission for over 3 years, but I know that his outlook on life has changed. He is so kind, laid-back, and friendly. He isn’t easily bothered and
loves to play plays with my kids, for which I am very grateful.
I want my children to realize, just as I need to realize, that life is precious. This doesn’t mean that we have to shove all of the world’s sadness and suffering in their faces. It simply means that we should remind them that they are lucky to have these things to complain about. It may be difficult to understand at the time, but it is a privilege to be able to watch a little league baseball practice on a beautiful spring day. Or that it is an awesome thing that they have food on the table.
Not everyone is so lucky. And so many children would give anything to be able to watch their big brother hit (or miss) that baseball or to eat one of their momma’s home-cooked meals.
Our children have so much nowadays that it is easy for them to want more, or to complain about what they don’t have. It may sound cliche, but they should be thankful that they have life, because life is precious.by