This morning I showed the children the Gospel For Asia's Christmas catalog. I knew they'd really enjoy watching the videos on how the people are blessed by receiving chickens, goats, and water buffalo. Then I asked the children to pray about what THEY would be willing to give of their own money to purchase items from the stable to help the people in Asia.
My heart is heavy as I type this. God has revealed a great deal of pride in my heart. I do believe I let myself get puffed up about believing we really are a missions minded family. The children have in the past been very willing to GIVE of their time, but it is so much harder for them to give of their own money. One of my children has been saving up since August for a very expensive LEGO kit, and this child just could not imagine giving up any of the money he's saved up so far. So, we have 42 cents in our "offering plate" this morning. That's not enough to buy a chicken! So, I will continue praying for my children to be cheerful givers. My flesh wanted so much to cry out and guilt them into giving more, but I truly want their giving to be done out of their pure desire to give to the Lord, not out of guilt.
What are some things you've done to teach your children about giving? How do you teach them to be servants and give of their time? How do you teach them to be cheerful givers of their money?