“Stuff” sucks us all in, doesn’t it?
Yes, kids, you do need one more lego set to add to the one million you already have. And I think those new pair of shoes are calling my name… (Then all the complaining when it’s time to pick up…but no, we’ don’t have too much stuff…)
Last fall, my heart was stirred to reflect on what it really meant to say that you are a Christian and follow Jesus. I read two books that challenged my thinking: 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker and Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt.
But then prideful me was all I’m so inspirational, my students will see me give and be like, I want to give too! Mrs. Donely is such a great example. She’s changed my life. What would we do without her! Blah-blah-blah! (My pride laughing at me, not with me. I can be ridiculous.)
Because, no such luck. Not one student brought food to share. Not one. (Nomination for Inspirational Teacher of the Year – never happening.)
|Our family’s Once-a-Month Giving/Service Projects was featured on parenting.com. (This blog’s original name was Since I Became a Mom before it became Empowered Moms and Kids.)|
If you decide to take use this giving strategy, remember this is YOUR THING. There are no “rules” to follow. Do what God places on YOUR HEART. Whatever works, big or little. Your family will be moved by however you decide to extend your hand. And hopefully, so will the people you give to.
Read what parenting.com says about the benefits of teaching kids to give:
“The benefits of actively fostering children’s charitable impulses are enormous. Besides helping counter the overdeveloped ‘gimme’ impulse, it gives kids a powerful boost in self-esteem to realize they can make a difference in someone’s life. ‘And as corny as it sounds,’ says Patricia Schiff Estess, a New York City writer and the author of Kids, Money & Values, ‘when you help a child help others, you are helping to create a better world.'”
Favorite eye-opening books that nudged me to see the amazing part of God’s work that we can do daily. Exciting stuff we get to be a part of.
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.