Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I've Got Plenty to Be Thankful For

I've got plenty to be thankful for
I haven't got
A great big yacht
To sail from shore to shore
Still I've got plenty to be thankful for

I've got plenty to be thankful for
No private car
No caviar
No carpet on my floor
Still I've got plenty to be thankful for

I've got eyes to see with
Ears to hear with
Arms to hug with
Lips to kiss with
Someone to adore

How could anybody ask for more?
My needs are small
I buy them all
At the five and ten cent store
Oh, I've got plenty to be thankful for

(lyrics by Irving Berlin)

This is one of my favorite holiday songs and it pretty much sums it up. (But we do have carpet on our floor...maybe I should change the lyrics to "laminate wood flooring.") :)

At this time of year (right before Christmas) it's so easy to get caught up in the "I want that" mentality. I've been seeing the Christmas circulars and thinking how much I'd like to get certain things for Anna (but can't afford to). Then I remember that it's just stuff; just more stuff to add to the tons of stuff we already have. And I have to ask myself what's more important--giving Anna gifts so she can have all the same toys her friends do (so I don't feel like she's left out), or teaching her that what matters is what's in your heart, not what's in your hands.

So I've been asking God to help me be thankful for what we DO have, for wisdom to teach my child's heart contentment, and for mindfulness to remember that Christmas is about Jesus--not presents.

I've got plenty to be thankful for.

1 comment:

Gena Berchtold said...

You make me proud, my sweet daughter. Teaching Anna what and Who is important is the best gift you can give her - that and your love.