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Teaching Children To Give

Nancy Farley

"So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Corinthians 9:7

Moms, children need to learn to give. They learn about giving from watching us lay our offering into the collection basket as it is passed on Sunday morning, but, being our children, they also learn from observing how and when we quietly give on every other day of the week. "... When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing." Matthew 6:3.

Our example in their learning to give is very important. Our children will know if we are giving cheerfully. As they grow into teenagers, they will soon learn what is important to us by seeing how much we give for the Lord's work in comparison to what we spend on other things.

We usually give our children some of the family income to put into the collection, and this is good. In addition, while our children are small, we should teach them to give from what is theirs. When our children are paid for doing a chore, receive birthday money, etc., let us teach them to give a portion of their own money. Let us make sure they have different denominations of money so they can find the amount they want to give. If they decide to give all of it, let them. Their Bible lesson may have been about "the poor widow."

Remember, "He who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." 2 Corinthians 9:6.

Children who are taught how to give while they are young will be more likely to give as they are prospered when they become adults. This is one area in which mothers can serve the church preparing our young people to give and, in so doing, to serve. Rt. 5 Box 1468, Salem, WV 26426.


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