Going Overboard

It started with a Harry Potter board game that Katie had been wanting since Christmas. Next there was the hourglass sand timer that I thought would look great on Hollie’s desk. Although it was tempting to present these finds to the girls right after I bought them, I knew that it would mean more if I waited until Easter morning.  And so I kept accumulating items: Pez dispensers in Easter shapes that would make Hollie smile; a new type of nail polish in Katie’s favorite color; and two chocolate bunnies like the ones Bill received as a child (except mine were molded into the shape of runners because Katie was out for track).

By the time Easter arrived, I was surprised by how many things I had collected. While every item was hand-picked with one or both of my girls in mind, seeing the overloaded baskets made me wonder if I had forever hopped over to the commercial side of the holiday.  As I considered setting some of the gifts aside for another time, I remembered how much God loves to give good gifts to his children and concluded that anyone created in His image has a right (and a responsibility) to do the same.

Jesus talked about the relationship between his heavenly father and earthly parents in Matthew 7:11 when he said: “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!”

No matter how big the basket, we cannot out give God. And if He chooses to work through us to bless others, who are we to stand in His way? Knowing this made it easier to justify my actions to Bill on Easter morning when he turned away from the camcorder he was operating to whisper: “What happened to just giving them chocolate bunnies?”

It was a question that needed no answer as I smiled at the girls and thought to myself: If you think I went overboard, wait until you see what God has planned for them (and all of us) one day.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. 
Do not say … “Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”— when you already have it with you.

Proverbs 3:27-28


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