At creation, the Lord designed limitations as part of His divine plan.
Deep down, who really likes limits? We want more than we can have – by nature. Our desires, unless supernaturally regenerated, will take us beyond our limitations.
I’ve been thinking about this lately – alot. How can we enjoy God if we feel he’s short-changed us? This must be why Moses relayed God’s original message on choices – ‘Thou shalt not covet’.
As parents, choosing to live within our limits and to be content with what we have is a foundational message of faith for our children.
Our actions can say to them:
In essence: ‘God is good’. As believers, we are the light of the world – preserving society from self-destruction. If we don’t live any differently than the world – what’s to offer? How can God be good if we don’t have enough?
Our nation is 14 + trillion dollars in debt. As a country we have lived beyond our means for as long as some of us can remember.
This isn’t only a Washington problem. All across the land, households spend beyond their means. We stretch for the forbidden fruit.
By design, there’s only so much to go around. Economics call this The Law of Scarcity.
One of the best things we can do for our children and our children’s children is teach them to choose. Life can be lived abundantly, while embracing its built-in limitations. Maturity, by definition, is ‘delayed gratification’. Just pick up an old history book and it’s plain to see. This ‘gotta have it all’ sense of entitlement is only new to our ‘progressive’ society. Our ancestors lives were rich in substance while lean in incidentals.
Mankind has been expected to live with limits ever since the garden.
Only heaven will be limitless ~ eternal.
Today, we have more options than any generation before us. With credit, we can blow right through our financial ceiling with no regard. As parents, we often want ‘just one more thing’ to secure our kids’ happiness. I am as guilty as anyone. We all get caught-up in the momentary pull of the culture. Choices are daily.
Accepting life’s boarders is a faith-walk that our kids can safely follow. We want them to live in freedom and contentment, enjoying all that the Lord has provided.
Remember the ageless Westminster Catechism?
What is the chief end of man?
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”