Day 12: Generous Hearts
Lord, give each of these children a generous heart, for we know that You love a cheerful giver. May their hearts be focused on all the abundant heavenly treasures that have eternal value, not in the passing earthly treasures of this world. 2 Corinthians 9:7
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Our society today constantly sends the message that we need more, more, and more. We need better, bigger, newest, latest. I am very guilty of buying into the lie of more and better for me, me, and me.
And that is the same society that shouts these false messages to our children. If I fall prey to this, and I know better, how much more easily will our children fall prey to this “More for Me” mentality?
The only way to counteract this constant message is to give. We must model for our children a generous heart. They should see us be generous with our treasures, our talents, and our time. If we value heaven over earth, they will learn to do the same. If we hold loosely to our earthly treasures, they too will hold loosely to theirs. Let’s pray for generosity to be imbedded into our personalities and the personalities of our children.
In addition to praying for your children to have a generous heart, ask the Lord what you can do with your children to model that. Is there a needy family you could help? A neighbor for whom you could bake cookies? Is there someone to whom you could offer food, clothes, or toys? Let’s not wait until next Christmas to show our children what it means to be generous.