If you know our family well you know that Braxton has been working and saving his money for a dirt bike for the past few months. He has been selling the eggs from our chickens and this summer he got to work with his dad on a couple jobs where he earned money as well.
He set a goal to save $300 to buy a dirt bike and when he met the goal we started searching craigslist for the perfect bike. We found a lot that were more expensive than that and he started getting a little discouraged. Then someone pointed out to him that he would need even more money to buy the helmet and the safety pads to ride it.
One Sunday morning before church he was getting his money ready to pay tithing and he told me he didn’t think he would ever have enough for the dirt bike he wanted. I reminded him that Heavenly Father promises us that the blessings will be poured onto us if we are faithful and pay our tithing. He knew he wanted to pay his tithing and I knew that he would be blessed for it.
That very day, after paying his tithing, he went to Primary and excitedly told his music leader that he was saving his money for a dirt bike. The music leader is a good friend of ours and asked Braxton if he had a helmet yet. Braxton said no and then the music teacher said, “We have one at our house that used to be our sons. Why don’t you come over later and I will give it to you.” Braxton was so excited about the offer.
It seems like a small thing maybe but it was such a testimony to me of the many blessings that the Lord desires to give each of us. I pointed out to Braxton that now he wouldn’t need money to buy one and that that was a true blessing from God for his faithfulness in paying tithing.
That night he was given the helmet. A very powerful experience for both of us.
The next week while the kids were in bed Jeff found a dirt bike for sale for $160. He called and went and picked it up the next day while Braxton was at school. The little boys got to ride it first, before Braxton even knew he had it!! We were all so excited to surprise Brax with it when he got home.
The rest of the story is history!
The dirt bike is so fun for the whole family and has only been crashed a few times so far with no injuries. I love that he worked so hard to raise his own money to buy it. I love that he loves it. I love that he paid his tithing. I love that he was given a helmet. I love that the bike was less than expected. I love that he set a goal and stuck to it. I love the lessons we learned through the experience.