May 22, 2023

“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:17 NLT

My very literal granddaughter, six-year-old Marié-Hélène, corrected an assumption I’d made, and taught me an important lesson the other night. During our evening video calls, she is usually playing the Legos. I figured that since it is one of the gifts she often has on her list, and since she often plays with the Lego creations that she was the one who put them together. I made a comment to that effect, and she said, “They are too hard for me to put together, so I ask Papa or Anne-Sophie to do that.” (Implied, “Duh!” from the rolling of her eyes.)

She, in her concrete and literal mind, was simply telling the truth by not taking credit for something she is not yet ready to build on her own. I thought about it while falling asleep. She receives awesome and hugely expensive Lego sets. Her Papa and older sister put them together, and then turn them over to her to enjoy. I spend many hours enjoying things I could never build on my own, family and friends, sunrise and sunset, the birds at the feeders, the incredible beauty of Shenandoah County, even my own body. All these point me not to myself, but to God who richly gives me infinitely more than I can imagine, for my enjoyment.

God gives all we need for our enjoyment. Thanks, God! ~ Anne

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