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Important to be content during the Christmas season

Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

It’s hard to believe but Christmas is next Thursday.
Let the sprint begin for so many of us who need to complete our Christmas shopping lists as we check off names, one by one, for who we have yet to purchase a gift for this holiday season.
If you are a parent of more than one child, you understand the mindset of trying to buy equally for your children.
While you and Santa Claus work diligently to get everything purchased and wrapped by next week, be sure to take a moment to remember the importance of contentment through this busy and somewhat materialistic time of year.
Many of us spoil our children at Christmas time.
And while I know I certainly enjoy doing this each year, I think it’s also important for us parents to teach our children a little bit about contentment along the way. This helps to counteract the fits we might get when our child didn’t get something they wanted.
In the Bible, I Timothy 6:6-8 says “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
When we die, we can’t take anything with us.
The stuff is left behind for our families to unfortunately fight over.
Verse 8 reminds us that if we have food and clothes, then we should be content.
There are children all over the world who would love to be able to live in a solid structure for a home.
They would love to be able to turn on a sink to drink water. Our kids here in America don’t drink water enough and would rather have soda.
American children have a tendency to be picky on what they eat when their parents provide for them food to eat.
Children all over the world wish they had the opportunity to eat half of what our kids complain about eating.
You get the point. We just need to remind our kids how good they have it here, even in Audrain County.
I love Christmas. But I also know that half of the stuff I fret over buying for my kids, just end up in a yard sale next year where I sell items for a small fraction of the price I paid for them.
I’ll end my editorial with a quote from Oprah Winfrey. So yes, I’ve went from God to Oprah in the same editorial. I’ll repent later…
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey