Friday, January 25, 2013
A little coat goes a long way
(I am not offended, she doesn't know us. I welcomed a chance to express a different view.)
Her view is one (sad and negative) way to see the world. Another way is to raise your children to give more than they take, to produce more than they use, to be healers and creators and problem solvers who bring the hope that comes from a loving and caring God to the world.
Anyway, I had to smile because a few minutes after having the conversation I helped get my youngest boy dressed up in warm clothes so he could play outside. The little coat I zipped up? It was originally a hand-me-down from an older nephew (who is now a 25 year old former Marine,) and now all six of my sons have worn it through the years.
That's one thing I love about having a large family - everything gets completely and thoroughly used up. I have zero consumeristic guilt. There's very little waste, and when there are things in excess, we love to find someone else who can benefit from what we don't need.