Johnny had a birthday party for some of his little friends last Saturday.
We always struggle with the gift issue. Eleanor wants to have a “no gifts” party, and I imagine what that would feel like for the kids. They bring presents to all of their friends’ parties. Is it fair for them not to get any?
But the kids always behave a bit worse after the deluge of new toys. It doesn’t take them long to start acting spoiled. How much is enough?
The culture we live in says that there’s no such thing as “enough.” More is always better. But the Good $ense budget class that we offer a couple of times a year at the church suggests that we should “drive a stake in the ground” and decide that enough is enough.
The Bible comes out on the Good $ense side: 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”
Next year we may make the party “gifts optional” in hopes of reducing the number without completely cheating the kids.