“If you don’t look at it, it won’t make you want it!” That’s what my five-year old daughter told her five-year old brother. I laughed heartily when I heard Clara use such wisdom to speak to Andrew. I had just cut up some watermelon and cantaloupe from our garden. I sliced pieces and put in a large bowl and was preparing to cover it and place it in the fridge.
It was about 9:15 at night…bed time in the Brown household for Andrew and Clara…but, Andrew saw the enticing…delectable fruit and said…”I want some!” I said, “Andrew…we’ve just brushed our teeth and I’m putting this up and we’re going to bed…you can have some in the morning.” Hey said…”Aw…Dad…I want some now!” Then those wonderfully wise words flowed from Clara’s mouth!
“Andrew,” Clara said…”If you don’t look at it, it won’t make you want it!” Wow! “Out of the mouth of babes…” Andrew looked for another moment and then he said…”Oh…OK!” What Clara told her brother is so true of what Christians need to hear today.
Why? Because it’s so easy for us “Christians” to get caught up in to what everyone else has. We get “looking” at it. We take our focus off of God’s kingdom and start looking at how we can add to our kingdom. So, we spend money we don’t have and time we can’t afford to lose…chasing what? Stuff! Stuff that won’t last. The Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy are so true…
6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10
4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
have the wisdom to show restraint.
5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
for they will surely sprout wings
and fly off to the sky like an eagle. Proverbs 23:4-5
And the wise Clara…says…
If you don’t look at it, it won’t make you want it!
Way to go Clara!!