I remember when our kids were small, days out, even holidays were often planned around the location of playgrounds. If the kids were happy, we were happy.
Anna and I got to relive this experience a few weeks ago. We were out with some friends on the Central Coast when their kids spotted some humble play equipment, just a slide and climbing bars, in a small, non-descript park. They ran over and, as kids do, soon began to play and laugh and make all sorts of creative fun.
Suddenly Dad had a great idea. Let’s see if we can locate the best playground on the Central Coast and go there. Mobile phones were pulled out and with the help of we discovered a fantastic four star playground with great reviews was only a couple of kilometres away.
A plan was hatched and off we went. Our humble park by the water would soon be traded for super-playground. The kids will love this! When we got there, they raced inside, had a go on this, had a go on that, did the rounds, and perhaps overwhelmed by choice, seemed to lose interest.
In life, more is not always more. The best things are almost always free and simple and true. What counts? Paul says, ‘Godliness with contentment is great gain’ (1 Timothy 6:6). We can learn from the children. It’s not what you have, but what you put in that counts. Let’s stop yearning for bigger and better and learn to find delight in the many rich blessings we already have.