Our six-year-old grandson told me he was learning the Ten Commandments in Sunday school.
“That’s pretty impressive, Mark! Tell me what you’ve learned.”
He began reciting them, in order! Then he stopped. “Grandma, I have trouble with one of them—Thou shalt not covet. I covet Casey’s toys.”
“Really! You know what, Mark? I think that is a common problem.
Tell me something. Do you ever get to play with Casey’s toys?”
“Oh yes! He just lives across the street. I get to play with his toys a lot!”
I said, “The Bible gives us some instructions for this problem. Do you want to know what those instructions are?”
“The Bible tells us we should thank God for everything. I think we should thank God for blessing Casey with great toys. When we thank God, even when we don’t feel like it, He gives us a special kind of peace that guards our minds so we don’t want to covet anymore.”
It made sense to Mark. So we thanked God.
- Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19b-20
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. Exodus 20:17
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