Are You Teaching Generosity?
Are you teaching your children to be generous?
Generosity is an important Biblical principle to discuss and demonstrate from a very young age. We know that it’s a blessing. God entrusted us with the knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ, and expects us to share the wisdom we’ve gained with others. Generosity is an important part of stewardship. When we view ourselves as managers of resources – and not the owners – we gain a Kingdom-minded perspective of all that God provides for us. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I claimed that promise and tried to let my actions speak louder than my words. I hoped that my deeds would impact my sons’ future lives.
When generosity’s a constant presence and normal occurrence in the home, children find it completely natural to incorporate it in their lives. I was rewarded when one of my grandsons gave me all of his saved coins for my birthday. Take opportunities to tell your children how your family’s been blessed by the generosity of others. This makes the act of generosity personal, practical, and memorable for children. Find ways to serve together. Giving ‘time’ is a valuable gift, and children benefit from the habit. The Apostle Paul said to do good, to be rich in good works. We’re to be generous and ready to share, storing up treasure as a foundation for the future. In so doing, we take hold of that which is truly life.
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