25 Aug There’s Always Something To Learn
Last week was one of many celebrations; from my anniversary, to a family friends house warming party, to my husband’s birthday and other beautiful things happening to people all around me. It is a good thing to be celebrated (and at this point I want to express my gratitude to every one who read the last post and reached out with a prayer and/or congratulatory message).
In it all I learnt that though in life we meet with ups and downs, there is still a beautiful part of it and that is the people you meet along the journey.
A significant thing however happened that I wish to share in this post so as parents, especially as mothers we can take extra note of.
As parents we MUST consciously choose to be good examples, because believe it or not our children are watching and most often than not are imitating us.
As we rounded off the birthday celebration for my husband, the ‘baby of the house’ came over to her dad, wished him well and asked if he enjoyed all that was put together to make his day extra special. Then she presented him with her own personal gift, nicely enveloped. On opening the envelope her dad discovered it was a cash gift, he was overwhelmed by both her heart of giving and the gift. I was as well and her action made me think deep; it was an unusual action for a child, it was ALL the money she had received either as a gift or allowance, she gave it cheerfully and eagerly ( I remembered how she had asked earlier for a nice envelope and I just thought it was going to be one of her love letters to her dad).
At a later time I asked what necessitated her action and in her words ” Daddy is always giving and I wanted to give him something, though I don’t have much to give I want him to have the little I have. And I know it is good to give, because when you give you will always receive.” This episode may not mean much on the surface but I see deeper than that.
As parents, teaching children the importance of giving to others, whether time, money or energy, is one of the most valuable character traits in a child of God. The Bible is filled with verses and examples of people of all ages helping others. It doesn’t matter if you have a lot to give or a little, it’s the heart that matters!
•Giving pleases God.
•Giving brings joy.
•Giving as a principle commands an ever flowing stream of provision.
•Giving can stand as a memorial for generationsto come.
As we pray that our children know and serve God, following in His ways, we can go a step further by inculcating in them the principle of giving, teaching them to look beyond themselves and their needs, doing this will certainly please God and help create the future we pray for our children.
I pray the days ahead will be joyful and grace filled in Jesus name.