I Want Too Much!

March 17, 2011

in the generous life

(Thanks all for sharing your conversation starters. Keep them coming. I’ll announce a winner in a couple of weeks.)

When my husband was a little boy, he asked for dessert.  As his dad cut the cake, his mom said, “don’t give him too much.”  His reply, “I want too much!”

This has become a “family saying.”  We laugh and joke about.  We want “too much” desert or we want “too much” of some activity.  Over the years I have often ruminated about what is a healthy balance in life.  It is good to have self-control and eat reasonably.  It is good to consider your time use.  At the same time, I see abuses of “self-control” and “other-control” that amounts to stinginess.  I think we have a God of abundance, laughter and joyous living.  Sometimes wanting “too much” is a good thing and a good message to give to our husbands and children. We love them and what to be generous with them.

There is nothing wrong with coloring another picture, spending more time snuggling in bed, or sitting around the dinner table taking, laughing and throwing a napkin (sorry, another family thing).  That kind of generosity tells the people involved that they have worth.  Yes, other things will have to be shuffled around a bit to make room for that bit of “too much,” but they are worth it.

Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.  Alan Cohen

Be generous!  Lori <><

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