My youngest daughter loves to play. Specifically, she loves to play with barbie dolls. She is me when I was a child. I played dolls until night time and couldn’t wait to get back up and finish the story or decorate my makeshift dresser house. Yes, I made a dollhouse out of an old dresser that was in my bedroom. I created furniture out of boxes, blankets from towels, my brothers tonka truck for a car; I used whatever I could find around the house to create a “real” space for my dolls.
My daughter on the other hand doesn’t have to do this. She has a dream house with furniture, barbie camper, real barbie cars, yes cars with an ‘s’, barbie playsets, you name it, she has it. She has really good things. Better than I had. Nevertheless, I still had fun with my things that I thought were good as well. All the good things she has with her barbies reminds me of how God gives us good things. Matthew 7:11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
Her good things now are barbies, to her. My good things are right in the four walls of this home, that includes my husband and my girls. Then, it includes the actual walls of this home, the two cars outside, blankets, the towels, the food in the fridge. These are all good things. Things that my Father has blessed me with. But do you know what other good thing, or should I say great things God has blessed us with? His Holy Spirit, his Kingdom, one day being there, talking and walking with Jesus. Those great things outweigh all the good things. If we only ask, just as our children ask us for barbies.
Luke 11:13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?
As my girls get older, they’ll realize that their family is the good thing, their home, their cars, their blankets and towels. All good things from our heavenly Father. In-turn, they will give their children even better things then they’ve had. The blessings go on and on for generations to come. But then I pray that our child-like things turn into eternal good things and that eternal good thing is something that we all can look forward to if we are following Christ. He’s the Author, the Finisher, the One who has the last say. What good things are you giving to your daughters besides the material good things? Are you planting seeds of spiritual truths, praying for them in their life’s endeavors? Ask God to help you and your daughters see past the earthly good things to eternal goods things. This way a legacy of faith is built and set for eternity.
For His Glory,