Friday, June 19, 2009

For the love of candy.....

I was doing some organizing around my house the other day (yes...the story of my life), while my 3 little ones were watching Word World, their favorite show. Remember my previous post about cutting down on the TV watching time at our house? Well that doesn't apply when I have a child who's not feeling well! And this particular day, that was the case. Anyway, back to the story-I suddenly realized it was eerily quiet in the other room where they were at. Just a little too quiet, you know? Anyway, I wak around the corner and John, my 4 year old, has that "deer in the headlights" look. I asked him what he was doing, but he just stood there, holding one of his slippers. I walked over and looked inside and what did I see?
A whole treasure of little candies in his slipper! Apparently, he found one of his siblings' candy in our kitchen pantry and decided to help himself. I don't know which was worse-that he stole the candy-or that he put it in his slipper to eat..Ewwwww!! Isn't it funny how tempting candy is to a kid? I remember when I was a kid, walking down the candy aisle at the convenience store, just salivating over all the choices. If I'd had enough money to buy them all, I would have! Well, fast forward many years later, now I CAN afford to buy one of every candy in the candy aisle, but I just don't want to! The thought of eating all that sugar just makes my stomach turn. Funny how the tables turn, isn't it? I guess for many adults, though, the object of their desire just changes from candy to other things, like cars, houses, electronics, whatever. Whatever it is, for kids and adults, it's easy to fall into the trap of coveting or idolatry and start to sin to get what you want. Sometimes I think it would be easier if we all didn't have so much stuff, but it's a heart issue, not just a stuff issue! So even if all our things were taken away, we could still covet another's marriage, job, education, or make an idol of something seemingly good! Thank you Lord for using my little John as a good reminder of that! Isn't it amazing the lessons God teaches us through them?

1 comment:

  1. Such a cute story. Think I'll share this with my girls.