A Living Example
Today my kids made me proud … and they put me to shame.
I posted this on my Facebook wall today, as I’m trying to post something I’m thankful for each day leading up to Christmas:
I’m thankful for my kids’ generosity. It actually astounds me. They have been saving up coins for over a year. Nearly two years, actually. Faithfully dropping pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters into their blue piggy bank.
Then, when the typhoon tore through the Philippines, I suggested sending something to them. Since then, they have been trying even harder to save up, putting every coin in the piggy bank. Even Aiden kept talking about how full it was getting and how we would need to send it to the Philippines soon.
Today we went to a store to get the money counted. The kids saved up $44.40 and not a single one asked to keep any of it for themselves.
I was at first feeling good about my kids … and myself. Raising them to be aware of people in need. About time to pat myself on the back.
But then I thought, “Hold on. They’re not following my example.” I don’t know that I’ve ever given up a year’s worth of savings for the cause of missions.
I’m actually not a very generous individual. Money, perhaps, is not such a big issue for me. God will always supply in some way.
But I’m selfish with me. With my time. I consider time very important … probably more important than it should be. I hate wasting time. More than once, I’ve gotten on my kids’ cases for “making me waste time.” I’ve also gotten on their cases for wasting their time.
But seeing them today, so freely giving away something that has taken them time to earn and save humbles me. Makes me want to be a little more generous … a lot more, in fact. With my time, with my money, with anything that could make a difference for the better in someone’s life.
To be a living example to my kids. As well as let their living example change my heart and life.
via A Living Example.
Posted on December 20, 2013, in Education, Life Lessons and tagged Family, generosity, giving, helping kids save, kids, living example, making a difference, teaching kids, typhoon Haiyan. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.