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Stop seeking others blessings | God, gifts and toothbrushes

May 25, 2021

I have a three-year-old daughter, Leanne and a two-year-old son Noah. When my daughter turned three, we switched her from a normal baby toothbrush to a kiddie electric toothbrush. Our son, Noah, being just two, still has to use a regular baby toothbrush.

But every morning there is a massive fight, and the older one ends up brushing with her brother’s toothbrush. My younger one takes the electric toothbrush and cleans every surface other than his teeth with it. This is an everyday thing.

As I was watching this today , I felt the Lord speaking to me and saying that we are just like these kids.

You see, the Lord gives each of us different blessings, and He gives us those blessings based on which stage of life we are in and what we need. He is our Father. He knows what we need and what we can enjoy properly.

But so often we look at other people’s blessings and think, “Why can’t I have that?”

We don’t realize that we’ve been blessed in a very special way, and we mindlessly look at what someone else has and think to ourselves, “that’s what I want, and I want it now!”

Just like my kids, If God were to give you what He gave someone else, chances are you will do what my son Noah does and clean a toilet with a toothbrush because you are not yet ready for that particular gift or blessing, or you’re not at a stage in your life when you need it.

It will just be the most pointless thing for you.

When Noah is old enough, he will get an electric toothbrush.

On the other side, Leanne doesn’t realize that she’s gotten an upgrade yet.

At the end of the day, what it really points to is a lack of trust, a lack of faith in the goodness of our Father’s heart because somewhere in our hearts we think that He is holding back something good from us.

It’s because we don’t trust that He will bless us with the best, that we compare ourselves to someone else and think “that’s what I want.”

If only my kids knew (obviously they are not old enough to have that comprehension yet) from the bottom of their hearts that I would always do my very best for both of them, and that I want just as much for both of them.

I want just as much for Noah as I want for Leanne. I would never give one more than the other. If they just knew my heart, if they knew the love I have for them, they would not have that quarrel. They would not have that envy.

Leanne would realize that what I bought for her is something that’s better than what she had before and she doesn’t have to downgrade to what her brother is using.

And Noah would realize that when he’s big enough, he’ll get what she has instead of grabbing her gift and cleaning cupboards with it.

If only you knew from the bottom of your heart that the Father wants what’s best for you, dear reader.

If you just knew His heart, the love He has for you, you would not have the quarrel you are having now. You would not have that envy.

You would realize that what you have right now is better than what you had before.

And you will realize that as He makes you grow in Christ, you will get blessings that are meant for you – you will get blessings that you can use in powerful ways – in ways they are meant to be used.

You will realise that God does not hold back from His children what is good for them.

 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! - Matthew 7:11

16 Responses

  1. Lovely! True. Thank God for this beautiful piece Lee. Such a sweet parallel explaining this truth so well.

  2. Yes Lee this paste and taste of this simple illustration must be a lesson and sign post for many of us in our spiritual journey.

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