Isaac, my nine-year-old son walked up to me and sighed. “I’m never going to get a dinosaur,” he lamented. He sat down at the table and put his head in his hands.
We were at a pizza and game restaurant for kids, and my son had used up all of his coins on a claw machine filled with dinosaurs. Try as he may, Isaac wasn’t able to take hold of a dinosaur long enough so it could fall down the winning shoot.
“I’m sorry,” I said, knowing my son’s intense personality. I’ve come to realize that accepting disappointment will always be a struggle for him. He had sacrificed all of his coins only to come back empty handed.
Suddenly, my six-year-old son, Levi, came running up. “I won it! I won it!” he yelled and handed a green dinosaur to his older brother.
Instantly, Isaac’s face lit up. “Thank you, Levi!” he cried and grabbed hold of the dinosaur, holding it to his chest. I stared at my boys, excited that the problem had been solved so quickly and without my assistance.
Both my sons smiled happily, and I could tell that Levi found immense pleasure in blessing his brother. Finally, Isaac suggested Levi try to win another dinosaur for himself and one for their sister.
When my sons returned to me five minutes later, Levi had won eight dinosaurs. I couldn’t believe it! God had blessed Levi with a buffet of different dinosaur, which he shared with his sister and brother. Plus, God had handed me an excellent, ready-to-be-used teachable moment!
“You see what happens when we give something special to others? God is able to bless us with so much more! Levi, you gave your only dinosaur to Isaac because you love him, and God blessed you with eight more! When we bless others, God will bless us.”
My kids all nodded, and I was excited that I could teach them a difficult truth from a reality that they could understand. “Thank you, Lord!”
Questions: Who can you help this Christmas season? What is something special you can give or do for someone in need?
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back” (Luke 6.38 NLT).
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