Unexpected Lesson

With six kids, life at my house can be expensive. As a matter of fact, we just dropped nearly 10k so two of my precious gems could get braces.

My 10 year old daughter, Ashley, had the misfortune of asking to start up piano lessons the very day I wrote that ten thousand dollar check.

“No, honey.” I answered her. “We simply can’t afford it right now, and you’re too young for a job.”

Without a word, she simply went about her business.

I felt guilty. How could life be so unfair to my sweet girl? I wondered.

About 20 minutes later she came to me with a piece of paper in her hand. She said, “Mom, if I were to clean the piano teachers bathrooms, do you think that she would give me piano lessons in return?”

Impressed with her thought process, I told her to call the teacher.

The piano teacher thought it to be a great idea and said, yes!

Honestly, I felt disappointed when circumstances kept me from paying for my daughters piano lessons. But God had something special in mind for my girl. He wanted to instill work ethics and even help the piano teacher out for the summer.

When will I learn that life isn’t always about me?

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  • http://www.kellycombs.com/ Kelly Combs

    I LOVE her precious spirit, and that God worked out the details, when mommy couldn’t.  <3

    • http://www.sonyaleethompson.com/ Sonya Lee Thompson

      Thank you, Kelly!

  • Elizabeth Elliott

    LOVE this!!!! What a great gal you are raising!

    • http://www.sonyaleethompson.com/ Sonya Lee Thompson

      Yes, Elizabeth, she is a treasure!

  • http://comingaliveministries-jenn.com/ Jenn Hand

    i love the look of your blog. sorry finishing up grad school has kept me from reading and catching up.. this was a very encouraging post.. love it!

    • http://www.sonyaleethompson.com/ Sonya Lee Thompson

      Thanks, Jenn. Are you done with grad school now?

  • Skylar

    Wow!
    first time visitor to your blog, first article I’ve read here. It’s about a girl who thought to clean a bathroom for piano lessons and she’s just a kid.  Wow.  She’s going to go places in life.  I needed that inspiration today.

    This little vignette has touched me more than the ones I’ve read by the authors who make millions.  What is it about kids that inspires us beyond anything else?  Thanks for sharing that.

    • http://www.sonyaleethompson.com/ Sonya Lee Thompson

      Thank you Skylar. She inspired me to!