I play a simple game with my kids that they really enjoy. I love this game because it is easy for someone like me who is creatively challenged when it comes to crafts and games for kids. All you have to do is get a medium sized box and cut a hole in it large enough to fit a kid’s hand. Then you go around the house and grab 10-15 items and put them in the box. The kids then each take their turn closing their eyes, reaching into the box, grabbing something and guessing what it is.
It’s amazing to watch the kids as they behold their treasure. It might be a bottle of white-out, an eraser, a quarter, a straw or swim goggles; but they are completely memorized by it. They feel it in their tiny palms—their minds working hard to identify it—and when they open their eyes, they are surprised and excited by what they’ve discovered.
During this game, they place great value onto an item that they normally take for granted or don’t even notice. They become aware of its importance and function in their lives and our family. What I found interesting is that those items don’t even make up a tiny fraction of what we own. Our house is full of thousands of little items that can be singled out and placed into a box.
While playing this game, I explained to the kids the value of appreciating what God has given us. If we truly understand how blessed we are, we wouldn’t find ourselves in covetous discontent. Plus, if we look eye-to-eye at each and every one of our blessings, we would see its worth and rise up to be the good stewards God called us to be; and we would come away with the unmistakable understanding that we are rich with God’s bounty.
Without even looking at the material possessions in our home, we can focus on the relationships, creation and existence God has blessed us with. No matter what is happening in our circumstance or how rich or poor we think we are, the fact that we have a spirit and the One who created that spirit loves us is pretty awesome. The free gift of eternal life in Heaven with God bought for us by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ overshadows anything we could possibly want or desire. We are blessed!
I think if we would single out each and every blessing in our lives, we would see all the good that is there. We would feel honored to serve our spouse, our children, our family, our church, our purpose, our job, our home, our mind, our bodies, our possessions, etc. because we will know how valuable they truly are. Most importantly, when we single out God and focus on the all the ways He interacts with us, loves us, blesses us and forgives us; we would fall in love with Him anew each day.
“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes” (Ephesians 1.3-4 NLT).