07 July 2012

{snippet} on entitlement

We picked blueberries yesterday morning.

It was more difficult and less family fun than I had hoped. You know how it goes right? The expectations get set rather high -- it's on everyone's summer bucket list, it'll be fun for the kids, we'll make memories.

And then he squishes blue out his tiny fists. Throws mommy-picked berries out of the bucket into grass and sits on them. Stirs the bucket of fragile fruit, bruising and squashing. After he was already asked not to. After he should have known better.

And the older one complains about the heat and asks for water. Says he wants to go home.

We left early. After picking up dumped berries twice.

And it made me think about entitlement. And how my children weren't dealing well with a slightly challenging situation.

I want kids who can persevere through a bit of heat. I want kids who know how blessed they are so they can survive through a minor inconvenience without complaint. I want kids who can deal with disappointment.

"I've learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. 
I'm just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. 
I've found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. 
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am."
Philippians 4:11,12 The Message

//just some of my musings//

What do you think about entitlement and supporting your children in challenging situations?