Beware of “Dollar Tree”

This morning began much like any other morning. My husband and I didn’t go to bed with kids in our bed, but when I awoke Dear Husband (DH) was gone, and two kids were in his place.

I rolled out of bed and began my morning rituals. After brewing some coffee and adding my new pitcher of pumpkin spice latte to my favorite travel mug it was time to sit down and read my devotional. Landry built pyramids out of Solo cups and Myka watched Christy Nockels sing “Everlasting God” on a YouTube video while I read Sarah Young’s “Jesus Calling.”

The devotional was so good I decided to attempt to share it with my girls. This is my faithful account of what happened. I changed some of the vocabulary to try to make it more understandable to my girls. The actual text will be in brackets. I don’t know if that’s APA or MLA acceptable, but I think y’all will forgive me.

Me: I’d like to share what I’m reading with y’all. You tell me when something makes sense to you, okay?

Landry: Okay.

Me: “Beware of seeing yourself through other people’s eyes.”

Landry: Well, (holding her index finger closely to her thumb) that makes a little bit of sense to me.

Me: It’s talking about our identity. We need to believe what God says about us. We are who He says we are. It’s good to be kind and respectful to all people, but they don’t get to determine who we really are.

Landry: (nods head)

Me: “There are several dangers to this practice. First of all, it is nearly impossible to [discern] know what others [actually] really think of you. Moreover, their views of you [are variable] change: [subject to] depending on each viewer’s spiritual, emotional, and physical condition. The major problem with letting others define you is that it borders on idolatry.”

Landry: (freezes building pyramid and looks at me with giant eyes) Wait! What did you say?

Me: (feeling a moment of intense satisfaction and my 5-year-old has a moral compass that understands that idolatry is a no-no) I said that the major problem with letting other people define who you are is bordering on idolatry. Idolatry means worshiping or turning to someone or something else other that God to meet your needs.

Landry: Oh! I thought you said “Dollar Tree!”

If God forbids us from going to Dollar Tree that will be a big deal in our house. Or maybe she thought that letting others define us is a literal store that borders/is next to Dollar Tree? Wouldn’t that be more simple so we could just refrain from going there? We all laughed for a good while. 😀

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