2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously…. God loves a cheerful giver.
Teaching your child to have a generous heart can be difficult because it is only natural that a child doesn’t want to share. When children are young, we teach them to share. We do not give much explanation because of their age, so we merely say, “share”. As our children grow, we need to point them to this verse in 2 Corinthians. Explain to your child that if they are stingy and hording with their toys, games, and time, selfishness and stinginess will grow in them. Guide your child to be generous in all areas of their life, whether with their material things or even their time serving others. Show your child people in their lives that are generous and point out the connection between that generous person and how much they are loved. Teach your child that when you sow the seeds of generosity, generosity will grow inside of them.
It may start off feeling like an uphill battle, but stick with it. Generous people live happier, healthier lives. Teach your child that they will never be able to “out give” God- it is impossible. Plus, the icing on the cake of this principle is that God loves and adores a cheerful giver.
First, thank You for blessing me with so many riches in my life. Why wouldn’t I be a generous person? I have so much to share. Help me teach this life principle to my children. I pray Lord that You will give my children and myself plenty of opportunities to practice “sharing.”
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