Today’s Scripture: A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked. Psalm 37:16


“Johnnie has a new toy — how come I can’t get one?” How often have you heard that from your kids? Parents are often tasked with the tough job of teaching their children contentment.

God wants believers to be content — and it would help our children later in life if we instilled those lessons at an early age. But are parents walking the walk? Carol Krueger, author of The Parenting Encyclopedia, says, “Gratitude must be nurtured.  If your child hears you complain about your job or gripe about the car you drive, you actually may be teaching him to be discontented. But if he hears you say, ‘I’m grateful I have a job,’ or ‘I’m grateful we have this house,’ you’re modeling gratitude. Hopefully one day your child will begin to think, ‘I’m grateful I have a bike, even though it’s old. I’m grateful I can read when many people can’t.’”

Children are imitators. They should listen to what we tell them, but they will follow the way we live. It’s a scary thought sometimes which really forces us to our words and actions.

All of us have lists of things we’d like to have — but if we commit our desires to God and trust Him to provide, then our children will have a good example of what it means to be content. Who knows? Maybe one day they’ll even stop asking for so many things!


Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder