Tis' Better to give than to receive: Teaching your children to Give at Christmas Time
Years ago, as I was serving in a transient community in Milledgeville, I learned a valuable lesson about giving. As my parents asked for my Christmas list, I thought about all the children at church who wouldn't be receiving anything for Christmas. So I asked my parents to buy Christmas presents for these kids in place of me. As we went around from house to house, I saw the faces of these children light up as we delivered Christmas presents. I didn't need anything for Christmas...I had gotten the best Christmas present ever knowing we loved these kids like Jesus did. Our small effort showed these kids that Jesus loved them and we did too. What better way to celebrate Christmas than to demonstrate the same love he showed us?
As you celebrate Christmas this year, we challenge you to show your children it is much better to give than to receive! There are many ways to teach your children to give and serve during the Christmas season. Perhaps you ask them to give away some toys or clothes out of their excess? You could also go serve at a local food pantry or homeless shelter. Assisted Living and Nursing Homes are always looking for guests to come give some time and spread Christmas joy. The possibilities are endless on the ways you can teach your children to give/serve during the Christmas season. Remember, the goal is to teach our children Jesus' standard of selflessness and service seen when he washed the disciples feet in John 13. What ways will you teach your children it is better to give than receive?
Authored By: Casey Matthews, Associate Pastor, NHBC