It was one of those rare times that I got to pick up Lydia, our 4-year-old granddaughter, from preschool. Talk about a boost to the ego! She squealed my name, gave me a huge hug, and handed me her lunch box stuffed full of papers and projects.

As I strapped her into her booster car seat, she began to tell me that they had learned about the planets that day. “Nana, the ‘earf’ is a planet and it has a moon. When the moon is dark, it is a new moon and when it is all light, it is a full moon. My teacher says that Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. I don’t believe her. I think he is pretend. And do you know what else, Nana? When God made the ‘earf,’ it was all dark and then God said, ‘Let there be light’ … Nana, do you know that Jesus is God?”

About that time, something else caught her attention and my celestial lesson came to an abrupt end. “Nana, look! A garage sale sign. Can we stop?”

Well, of course, we stopped.

As I lifted her out of the car, she made a beeline for a pink bicycle that someone had outgrown. Lydia got the helmet from the handle bars, put it on, and took the bike for a spin down the driveway. When she got off the bike and replaced the helmet, she announced…

Nana, I already have a bike. It’s blue and blue isn’t my favorite color, but I told Mommy that I am going to be thankful for what I have.

Do you know how easy it would have been for me to buy that pink garage sale bicycle for her?

But in doing so, I may have undermined a lesson that we all need in life and especially during these tough economic times: Rather than focus on what we don’t have, we all need to be thankful for what we do have.

Faith, family, friends, freedom, and in Lydia’s case, a blue bike.

Darcy Kimmel has a heart for encouraging and equipping women to maximize their unique callings in life. Her greatest joys come from her own relationships. Darcy and her husband Tim have a passion for family and together founded Family Matters, a ministry dedicated to “equipping families for every age and stage of life”. Darcy speaks with Tim around the world regarding marriage and parenting issues and has co-authored several books and video studies with him on parenting, grandparenting and family relationships.