Okay, so I poked and prodded him a little… but in the end, he chose to walk up to the check-out counter, pull out his wallet and spend $8 on someone other than himself.
Last week, I asked you how you teach your kids to be generous. We were in the midst of a local crisis—more than 1,500 homes had burned in a massive wildfire including several of our friend’s homes—and I wanted to figure out how to teach my kids to be instinctively generous and to give out of their want instead of out of their plenty.
Anyway, a family we know lost everything in the fire—including a much treasured Star Wars toy collection belonging to their six-year-old son. We decided to pick up a few things—clothes, necessities, toys for this family and I asked both of my kids if they would like to contribute some of their own money to the cause. My daughter said yes. My son said no.
I get it: he has been saving for three and a half months to buy a Star Wars Rocket Ship. He has earned and saved $24.76 so far. The ship costs $39.99 plus tax. And he wasn’t too keen on parting with his hard-earned and hard-saved money.
But, he did it. And without (much) prompting by me. I admit. I laid it on thick. I told him to imagine what it would be like if he lost all of his toys. And I told him I’d pray for his generosity. And, I told him to pray that God would show him a generous spirit. But in the end, it was up to him and he did it himself. He decided to go to Target and spend $8 on his favorite Star Wars guy for the little boy. And he pulled out his wallet and the bills with a smile on his face.
Question for you: What are your ideas for instilling godly character in your children?