allergies, appreciation, envy, family, jealousy

Don’t Hate. Appreciate!

“Who is all of this candy for?” asked Cub 1.

“It’s for Cub 4 to take to school with her tomorrow.” I replied.

A few minutes later…

“Can I have some of this candy in this box?” asked Cub 2.

“No, it’s for Cub 4 to take to school in case someone gives out treats to the class that she can’t eat.  She’ll be able to choose something out of her special treat box.” I replied.

A few minutes later, Cub 3 came down and saw the same box and had the same questions.  When I told her the purpose of the box she paused, then said in a whiny voice, “I don’t want all of the allergies that she has, but I wish I could have some treats like that for school, too!”

It was definitely not the response that PB and I thought Cub 3 would have.  I thought for sure there was going to be tears and a lot of “but, why’s” over it.  PB commended her for being so understanding and mature about why it was necessary for Cub 4 to have a box of all her favorite sweet treats.

Cub 3 almost got a little jealous of Cub 4’s treat box, but she took a second to remember why Cub 4 needs a treat box in the first place, and she chose instead to appreciate the fact that she didn’t have the food allergies that Cub 4 has to deal with.

Let’s admit it, blog family.  We can all get a little touch of hater-itis every once in a while.  We know that it’s not just kids who deal with the jealousy issue, right?  We want to hate on those who seem to be more blessed than us.  Their blessings just seem to be on display and they keep talking about it and just rubbing it all in our faces about how God has blessed them!  How dare they share their testimony of God’s goodness with us!  May I suggest that you ask them to tell you more about their story?  Yes, it may look like they are flaunting their blessings, but give them a chance to tell you what they had to do to get there.  More than likely there is a story of struggle or tragedy behind their blessing that just might end up blessing you!  Let’s not jump to our own conclusions.

When I bought all of Cub 4’s goodies, all of it couldn’t fit into the container, so there were leftover sweet treats for all of us to enjoy after dinner that night!  God has enough blessings to go around for all of us!  Don’t hate.  Appreciate!

#NeverForget #NineEleven

Have a great weekend!