My daughter, age 7, lost a tooth this week. We are not particularly organized nor faithful about the “tooth fairy.” Yet she is particularly motivated to earn money to buy her own mini ipad… So she promptly washed her tooth off, put it in a baggie and wrote a note. “Can I have $20, please.”
I chuckled, “You think that the tooth fairy is going to give you twenty dollars… for a little tooth… that you have barely been faithful about brushing…” I kind of couldn’t believe her note, although the “please” was nice.
How bold and courageous a child’ s request can be. I was quick to dismiss her demand but then took pause, who am I to squelch the dreams of a child. While it is not my responsibility to give her everything she wants or asks for, it is my joy to give her what she needs. It is also my intention to train her to be a strong young girl, who is full of faith and serves a BIG God. It is HE who gives us good gifts, not to pacify our selfish desires but to benefit others and advance kingdom work. It is also He who encourages us to ask in HIS name.
Somewhere between childhood and adulthood we lose our courage, we have heard “NO” so many times that we don’t bother to ask anymore, dream anymore, or pray BIG anymore. We learn to be content with the broken way of life, making God small, living half of what he has planned.
I want to teach her that we serve a BIG God, who does BIG things, who makes a BIG difference. If I truly believe that, do I live it? Have I lost the courage to ask for BIG things from God? Do I ask for only what seems reasonable, or safe or do I trust the sovereign God to meet our needs and be our provider.
So if you are wondering, no she didn’t receive $20, and she was quite disappointed, but we ended up having a great conversation and a brainstorming session on how to earn some extra cash. For my not particularly clean child, this could be a win win.