One of the hardest things to teach a child, is the act of giving.
Children are born, wanting.
They are born selfish.
And most times, they think everything should be given to them.
It’s true, little ones need to be taught how to give, and the importance of giving.
Even as adults, it’s sometimes hard to give, and to put others first, or as Jesus put it…… “think of others better than yourselves” Phil 2:3.
Sometimes it’s difficult to be that example around others, especially when you have a handful of ‘littles’ running around you all the time.
But, this act of generosity as you give your time, talents and love will rub off on your children more than you think. This generation is in need of selflessness.
A few weeks ago, my neighbour had a new baby. The children were excited for this wee one’s arrival. So, I used this event to help the kids understand generosity – we got right to work. Preparing them dinner, making cards and offering our time if they needed anything.
My kids helped with it all, and then I brought them over with me to give it to our neighbours.
They experienced something awesome that day!
In 2 Corinthians chapter 8, it talks about ‘Generosity Encouraged’. Vs 7 says that we should “excel in this grace of giving”. As we teach our children the word of God, we can instill generosity in their hearts by example and by word.
So start small……..
Start by: Bringing your children with you when you volunteer somewhere – they will witness something great!
Help them write letters of encouragement to the many people around you (neighbours, friends, leaders, family)
When they receive money (as allowance or a gift), help them put aside 10% to give back to God as their tithe/offering.
Have them help you with a meal, dessert, or gift you are preparing for someone else.
If they got too much for Christmas, help them choose 1-2 things to put aside. Then, have think of someone or somewhere they could give that item away at a later time.
Have them help a grandparent, neighbour or friend with a small job or errand – not expecting anything in return.
Take advantage of holidays, and take the kids out around your neighbourhood to pass out treats.
Find what works for your family, to instill a heart of generosity in your children.
It’s REFRESHING to GIVE! Encourage your children to do the same.
The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25
Some great practical ideas! Encouraging post Kait 🙂