Keepers of The Home
Though the Christmas season is already over, we can always be thinking of creative ways to spark in our children thoughtfulness towards others. Is giving a reoccurring theme in your household? Are you yourself a person who often thinks of others? These are all questions we want to ask ourselves if we wish to see it in our own children.
When we become born again and see with our “new eyes” we cannot help but notice those in need around us, and begin to be challenged in giving more freely to those in need. I remember shortly after being saved, the Lord challenged me to give to a family who had a need. Sadly, in my selfishness and lack of faith in the Lord, I did not obey. That poor decision still haunts me to this day. I thank God that He never gives up on us and that He is always looking for ways He can continue to challenge us to be selfless.
My children know about this story as well as others when my flesh won and my spirit suffered, and they have been tempted themselves at times to hold onto things the Lord was calling them to give away.
Traditions are a great way to cultivate giving in our children. We just met a family who began a tradition of making breakfast burritos every Thanksgiving morning and handing them out to the homeless. They would then use that opportunity to invite them back to their home for a Thanksgiving feast. Holidays are a wonderful time to think of others. These times can be very hard for those who have lost loved ones or may be struggling with loneliness. You may already know of people that you could invite over to enjoy in your families celebration.
“But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.” (Luke 14:13-14, KJV)
Oh that our hearts would long to obey and do as our Lord taught us to do when He was here!
Family is one of Gods greatest blessings to us, and so many people could use an example of a good, strong healthy family to influence them. You never know what life lesson one of your neighbors or children’s friends may learn by observing you and your family interact with one another. Let your light shine among men so that they will see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16)
One way we as a family reach out to others is through mail. Our children often send cards and drawings to people they have on their heart. They have even had some write back and become regular pen pals! The options truly are endless. Surely God will inspire your hearts and show you how you can reach those around you and show them the love of Christ.