Teaching by Example
Chuck Swindoll says, “Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.”
That is a powerful visual.
Life gets so busy that we are often unaware of the impact of deposits we make in our children’s lives. How we relate to money impacts them dramatically! They watch us, remember, and often do likewise.
Some simple truths we must teach is that God owns it all and that we are his stewards.
He created us to work and we honor Him by doing everything with excellence.
Philippians 4 gives us great advice to model before our children: “We’re to rejoice always, giving praise and thanksgiving for who God is and what He’s done.”
We’re to be anxious for nothing – that goes for you AND your kids! So, when you have needs or fears, demonstrate your total dependence on God by approaching the throne of grace with thankful hearts and trust in His unfailing love and mercy.
We find the strength to be content in all situations through Christ. So, don’t complain, don’t covet, don’t blame. Rather, accept and rely on His strength. This means you’ll also have to say no to things! It’s good for your children to learn to wait and do without. Demonstrate self-control and hard work. And take heart. Deposit memories generously and intentionally and you will be blessed! There will come a day when those deposits that you are making are cherished and your wisdom is deeply appreciated. It may take time, but your kindness is not in vain.
Stay on track with your finances by downloading the Money Map. It’s a step by step guide that will help you organize your priorities and honor God with your finances. You can even show it to your kids to help them learn!