Sometimes we are too effective in drilling things into our kids. My wife and I are very frugal, and we’ve really emphasized being wise with money with our kids. It’s worked a little with our son Meyer, and a LOT with our daughter Camille. Maybe it’s worked too well with her.
The other day Camille was excited to let us know that she was accepted to the National Honor Society. After the high fives and hugs to celebrate she said that they would be inducted at a dinner, but that the dinner was “expensive” so she was going to go by herself. I said that I wanted to go with her, but she was convinced that we shouldn’t spend the extra $23.
If it was any other kid, I might have thought she didn’t want me there! I told her this was very special, I was proud of her and I wanted to be her date and celebrate with her. She said “are you sure?” I just filled out the form for the two of us.
I think sometimes I look at God the way she looked at me and our budget. I feel like I’m a bother to Him, and it’s hard to believe He could really love me all that much. Do you ever feel that way?
The Bible paints a different picture. In John 10, Jesus says He has come to bring us life to the full — today. And in the future, He says in Luke 13 “People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
Imagine no expense spared, nothing to hinder God’s unfettered love and lavish grace poured out to you. He thinks you’re worth it. He really loves you that much.