A clear call from the Lord to leave corporate America to be at home with my girls left me feeling unsure about how to engage in our family's budget. Would I completely lose all financial freedom now that I didn't have income-producing work?
As parents, we can become defeated because of what we can’t offer, but consider what you can offer your children. The gift of time is priceless in comparison to an expensive outing. Enjoy each other as summer winds down!
Whatever the situation is in your home, finances bring a unique set of challenges. We have to know how to avoid the common things that drag us into financial disagreements that cause discord in our marriages.
“Mine.” I didn’t have to teach my children this word. It entered their vocabulary and their hearts on its own. And I didn’t have to teach my children to be selfish. Their tight-fisted nature was already there. As a parent, you’ve likely had an identical experience.We serve an incredibly generous God. In the well-referenced verse, John 3:16, we read “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (CSB).” This act showcases the unfathomable generosity of our God.As believers, we want to see this generosity reflected in the lives of our children because we know Proverbs 22:6—"Start a youth out on his way; even when he grows old he will not depart from it (CSB).” But how do we do this? The goal often seems daunting and complex, one more item on our parenting “to-do” list.Encouraging generosity in your kids doesn’t need to be daunting and complex. Sometimes, it is a simple as pointing out the demonstrations of generosity occurring right in front of you, talking about them, and then connecting them to the generosity of our God. These demonstrations of generosity can come from you, those around you, or even your children. So here are three easy ways to encourage generosity in your kids:
While money comes with inherent temptations and dangers, it’s also an area in which we can demonstrate our trust in God and do much good in the world. For this to happen, it helps to have a clear biblical view of money, wealth creation, and economics; this view, in turn, frames and prompts us toward sound, principle-based decisions that are sensible, knowledgeable and not hasty.