Goldilocks: “You bought me that?!”
Me: “Yep! I sure did!”
Goldilocks: (head turned to the side and smiling big): “AWE! Me love you!”
Me: (smiling from ear to ear and melting like butta (butter): “I love you too Goldilocks!”
Each morning I help Goldilocks put on her pants and t-shirt, and as she points to her clothes, she asks with such enthusiasm, “You bought me that?!” We then move to the bathroom, and as I grab the comb and mousse, she asks again (still as excited), “You bought me that?!” It doesn’t stop there. She asks again when I hand her the Mickey Mouse plate for breakfast, the ‘water baby’ she just had to have in Target, the Tinkerbell toothbrush she is trying to master, and even the shampoo I use to wash her hair. Nothing is off-limits, and she will always ask this question to the same items time and time again, even if you have already answered it the day before.
I am going to shamefully admit that I would get annoyed with this question by 10 am because she literally asks me, “You bought me that?!” the second her eyes pop open; but I will also shamelessly admit that I love it when after I answer, she turns her head to the side and in her sweetest and most excited voice says, “AWE! Me love you!”
Today after the 36th time of asking “the question,” I couldn’t help but realize that maybe she asks this question repeatedly because each time she see’s the “things” we have bought her, she is just as excited and just as eager all over again to tell me thank you by saying, “AWE! Me love you!”
That’s when I started thinking about all of the “things” God has bought (or brought) me. Through His Son’s death, He has bought me hope for heaven, hope for babies, peace in times of uncertainty, healing, grace, prosperity, forgiveness, love, and joy that outlasts happiness.
Through His Son Jesus, He also bought me an abundant life that has been filled with an amazing husband, terrific parents, and an extended list of amazingly supportive friends and family. Not to mention the roof over my head, the too much food I have in my fridge, the excessive amount of clothes and shoes in my closet, and the financial stability God has given us through my husband’s job. But with all of these gifts, do I tell Him thank you by saying “AWE! I love you!” each time I look at them? Do I say it once and chalk it up as if sending a friend a thank you card, but not think twice about it afterward? Maybe I do say thank you “occasionally,” but how much more would God love to hear me say the words with such enthusiasm, “You bought me that?!” and then tell Him, “AWE! Me love you!”
God deserves more than just a “one time” thank you or even the occasional “thanks” for the gifts and blessings He has freely given us. He deserves to hear our “AWE! Me love you!” each time we turn our closet light on to get dressed, look at our spouse from across the dining room table, open up our refrigerator to find food to eat or the forgiveness we don’t deserve when we mess up.
I may not enjoy hearing her ask me the question, “You bought me that?!” to every little thing, every day, but I believe God does. I also believe that just like I enjoy the sweet response she gives, God also eagerly waits and enjoys hearing us say it as well.
From now on, I am going to start having “The Goldilocks Conversation” with God. Each day, I will randomly and repeatedly thank God for the things I have, whether big or small. I am going to say, “Awe! Me love you!” when I drink my cup of coffee, spread butter on my toast, put gas in my car, dust around my home decor, or even fold my laundry. I also think I owe Him an “Awe! Me love you!” each time I flush the toilet (no outdoor potty trips), take a warm shower, or eat a meal. Everything I have is not from my own efforts as much as I sometimes think they are, but they are gifts from God.
The Goldilocks Conversation
You: “You bought me that?!”
God: “Yep! I sure did!”
You: “AWE! Me love you!”
God: (smiling from ear to ear and melting like butter) “AWE! I love you too!”
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