Welcome to series #6, the last of the series, Giving Back
We all want what’s best for our kids. We teach them about the important things in life such as doing good in school, how to be law abiding citizens, how to save for the future and about God’s mercy and grace, but one very important thing often gets overlooked. We need to teach our children the importance of helping others!
We need to be teaching our kids how to give back.
We are living in a society today, where it is ” all about me”.
The attitude is ” I am the only one in the world”, and this breeds negative thoughts and actions.
We need to make our kids realize how lucky they are to have the things that they do and to make them aware of the fact that there are so many less fortunate people out there that need our help.
As a family, we could be helping others by volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting nursing homes, adopting a needy family or maybe even raising money for a certain charity.
By helping others, we are giving them the things that they need while finding meaning in our own lives.
When you are serving others, you receive fulfillment and blessings that money can not buy.
The Bible tells us to give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38.
We are instructed to be generous and give willingly. Proverbs 28:27 tells us that he who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
We also need to make sure that our motives are for the right reasons. We are to be sincere in our actions and not just seeking recognition.
Matthew 6:1-2 tell us to be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
We need to bring back the attitude of ” it is better to give than to receive”.
The great thing is, when we give of ourselves, we find the peace and joy and fulfillment that enriches our own lives!
If you did not read why I decided to start this series, you can find it here.
Series 1 Child of God
Series 2 Problem Solving
Series 3 Handling Money
Series 4 being Responsible For Your Actions
Series 5 Don’t Smother