"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." 2 Corinthians 9:6
It's hard to teach our children to be generous if we as parents aren't being an example of generosity for them. Recently, I asked Katie Beth to share something that was hers with her brother. She quickly said, "But it's mine. I don't want to share with him." I wanted to make my point, but I forgot that I already had made a point. Just a few nights earlier, I had a bowl of ice cream, and I had just poured root beer all over it. I stirred it to just the right consistency and began eating it slowly. It was all mine. Katie came over and wanted a bite. I quickly told her, "This is mine. Mom will fix you a bowl of your own." Generosity is a hard quality to grab, isn't it? Maybe it is because of our sin nature. Our nature is one of selfishness...one that screams, "It's all about me! It's all mine!" But as Christ followers, God has saved us from our sin nature and empowered us with the Holy Spirit. We can be people of generosity, and we can teach generosity to our children. Paul goes on to say in 2 Corinthians 9:7-8, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." If I want my children to share and to be cheerful givers, they need to see their daddy living that example out loud. I want to be a man who sow generously and reaps generously. I want my children to be cheerful givers...not just in my house, but in the world. Couldn't we use a little more generosity today?