Every time I walk into work, every day I’m met with Gandhi’s words:
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
As a family, that is what we are working on – but, we are more specifically trying to be the change that we want to see in ourselves. We are striving to better follow Jesus’ calling of sharing God’s love to others through giving and serving more. (See the start of our journey here.)
Last month I blogged about how much we loved working at Feed My Starving Children. This month, we had an opportunity to work with this organization again and just had to take it.
Our boys participated with the over 835 volunteers from our church that joined other churches and raised at least $15,000 and packed 3,009,312 meals that were shipped to Nicaragua and Liberia.
This time my husband took the older boys and I stayed home with our youngest son. When they came home, I asked my boys how it was. My middle son shrugged and said, “normal.”
Yup, that’s our goal. To make this giving and serving seem normal. To be the change we want to see in the world and in ourselves. To love our neighbors as ourselves. To share Jesus’ love in a tangible way.There is power if raising kids to see giving and serving as normal activities. They turn into adults who want to make this world a better place. #raiseempoweredkids Click To Tweet
|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. 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.