Lessons From Levi (Cookie Monster)

The other day Carrie bought some Halloween cookies and gave Levi one. You know what happens when a two-year old eats a cookie. For one, it gets all over their face which makes them ten times cuter. Secondly, they ask for another one and another one and another one and another. They beg and plead and cry and moan till they get a belly ache from so much sugar. They become a monster.

Luckily, my wife is an awesome mommy and only gave him one. No tummy ache but if the kid ain’t hurting, he makes you hurt. If he doesn’t get what he wants, he makes you pay for it. He cries and cries until he gets that next cookie.

But Carrie and I know what’s best for him right? We know too many cookies can make his tummy hurt and too much sugar is bad for his health. We also know that patience is good for him. We know that waiting is good for him. We know that not getting what he wants is good for him. It teaches him that he can’t always get what he wants in life. It teaches him to appreciate things when he does get them.

Maybe a two-year old has a hard time with these life-lessons but I don’t think there’s a bad time to start teaching your child patience and appreciation. He may not get it right just yet but he’ll work into it. He’ll eventually begin to see that not getting things can be beneficial to him as well.

The more I learn to be a parent, the more I learn how God parents us. He works in the same ways, only better. He has awesome reasons for holding good things from us. When he does hold good things from us, it’s good for us. I know God’s word says he is good, defines what good is and says that He can turn all things that happen to us into good things.

In those times He keeps things from us, he is being good to us. He knows us far better than we know ourselves. He created us. He designed us. He knows us from the inside out and does what’s best for us by giving to us or keeping things from us. Everything He does is good.

Don’t become a monster when you don’t get what you want. Trust in God to supply all you need when you need it according to His riches in glory.

Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (emphasis mine)

*Levi is my 2-year-old and I’m learning life lessons watching him grow


About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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