We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19
We are in the throes of parenthood. Everything we do centers around making the best life for our children: having a dual income household, driving to piano lessons, scrambling to baseball and soccer practice, and even church on Sunday morning and Sunday night. And as parents to our four and six year old boys, we know that our kids seem to learn best by emulating our actions (with the hope being that the actions they’re emulating are positive!).
One of our favorite Bible studies that we’ve completed at Custer Road was Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. In that study, Ramsey discusses how he required his children to tithe as soon as they started receiving allowances. Every Sunday, the Ramseys would contribute to the offering plate as a family unit – some contributing a larger portion from a salary, and some contributing a smaller portion from an allowance. They nevertheless contributed as a family, with the parents demonstrating how to live a generous life by giving back, no matter how small the gift. As parents, we are equally called to demonstrate to our children how to give back with our time, using our natural talents. Sometimes, as we all know with our busy schedules, time can seem more precious than simply giving money. But nothing provides a better visualization of loving others than showing up, giving your time, and contributing, no matter how menial the task may seem.
We can tell our children the two commandments Christ gave us during his short time on Earth until we’re blue in the face. But what better way to teach our children Christ’s commandments, which includes loving our neighbor, than by demonstrating our love through generous living. Ultimately, our goal is for our children (and others!) to see us, through our actions, money, and efforts, generously loving and living, and for that to be the example they choose to follow.
Lord. Help us all to be the example to those around us on loving our neighbor as our self. Let our giving be a generous showing of our love for You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
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