Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Lesson From Lucas

     This morning we took the boys to run errands which included getting new shoes. On the way to our first stop Logan asked if he needed socks to try on shoes. Of course he asked this because he didn't put socks on with his tennis shoes. One of our stops was at Target so we tried to find him a pair of socks in the dollar spot. Of course, they didn't have boy socks in his size. Logan picked out a cute pair of monkey valentine socks to give to his friend Rachel. We decided he could use those just to try on shoes at the store. He was HORRIFIED, but we finally talked him into it. Because Logan picked out socks, Lucas wanted socks and picked out some Elmo socks.

     We headed out to the Nike outlet next. When we got there Joshua changed Lucas' pull up while I put the socks on Logan. We got in the store and both boys picked out shoes. We went to try them on and Lucas realized Logan had on the Target socks and started throwing a screaming fit for his Elmo socks. We tried to reason with him: you can't try on the shoes without socks; Logan has those on because he didn't wear socks from home, etc. We threaten no shoes, a spanking, time out, nap, etc. Nothing. Finally Joshua took him kicking and screaming from the store while Logan and I got in line to buy his shoes. Almost the entire time we're standing in line we can hear Lucas screaming and they're a good 20 feet from the door to the store. Apparently Lucas was screaming on his belly trying to crawl away as Joshua was trying to get his socks and shoes on him. Then Lucas realized he wasn't getting shoes so he started trying a fit about that.

     Thankfully by the time Lo and I got out to them, he had finally calmed down. Joshua told me Lucas had something to tell me. Lucas apologized to me and then asked if he could get shoes. We explained he could if he left his cars socks on. So we went back in the store to find someone else trying on the shoes Lucas wanted in his size and it was the only pair left. So we picked out a different pair but Lucas kept telling us he wanted the red ones. Thankfully the person who tried them on their child decided not to get them. So we let Lucas try on both pairs and he choose the red ones which were the ones he originally wanted.

     When we got home, Joshua looked at me and said Lucas almost lost a $30 pair of shoes over a dollar pair of socks. It hit me, how many times do I get fixated on my version of Elmo socks and almost miss the bigger gift or blessing God has for me because I want to hold onto a small thing or stay in my comfort zone instead of letting it go and trusting that He wants to give me something better? How many times am I internally throwing a fit when He just wants to give me something better? I was reminded of these two verses:

"If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!"
Matthew 7:11 (NET)

"All generous giving and every perfect gift is from above, 
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or the slightest hint of change."
James 1:17 (NET)

     What are our Elmo socks? What are we focusing on when God has something must greater that He wants to give us? We just need to let go of our Elmo socks and ask. 


  1. Great stuff my friend!!! On my already weepy evening...this actually made me cry.

  2. I actually cried the entire time I was writing this. It really hit me hard and then Brice's lesson this morning on top that.

  3. What an incredibly cool lesson to learn. Kids teach us so many simple lessons!

  4. That's very true Jenna! I think I learn more from my kids than they learn from me!