We live in a world where “enough” is never enough. Whether we realize it or not, there is a constant pull on our hearts toward materialism and covetousness.
But it’s not just adults who fight these battles. Our children are bombarded with the offer of more. They need more friends on Facebook. More style in their wardrobe. More entertainment. More money. More fun. More…of everything.
Of course, more isn’t always bad. But it is harmful if we can’t be satisfied without it.
In today’s materialistic society, however, it’s not difficult to see why our kids struggle with contentment. Children ages two to five see more than forty thousand commercials on television a year. No wonder they need more.
Contentment, on the other hand, is the gift of always having enough. First Timothy 6:8 says, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
How can parents in today’s culture cultivate contentment in the hearts of their children? That is a topic I tackled in chapter 7 of a new book Making Home Work in a Broken Society.
The book isn’t available until December 7, but I’d like to make chapter 7: Cultivating Contentment in a Consumerist Culture available to you as a free download. (For more information on the rest of the book, you can visit makinghomework.com.)
I pray this chapter is a help to you and to your family. The road to contentment really should begin in the home.