“Mom! Look at the size of that house!”

“Mom! Look at the size of that house! Those people must be S-O-O rich!” my kids squealed as we drove through an exclusive neighborhood. “Look at those fancy cars!” they continued. My mind raced…Right in this moment, how can I get them to see that these worldly possessions are not important?

“You know kids,” I started, “having the money to buy big houses and expensive cars isn’t important. Don’t be impressed just because someone appears rich. What if those people don’t use any of their money to help others? Being greedy with your money goes against what we believe as Christians.” They didn’t respond, so I prayed the lesson was heard.

I have found, however, that the lesson was heard loud and clear. While watching TV recently, one of the kids said, “Look at the size of that house!” To which another answered, “Yeah…but do you think they use some of their money to help others?”

This past week, I was happy to read 1 Timothy 6: 17-18, as it supported the lesson we are trying to teach our children:

Teach those who are rich in this world to be not proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.

I wonder how much better off our world would be if we all followed Paul’s advice to Timothy? Wouldn’t that be the best testimony of Christianity–Christians willingly helping others in need?

I’m challenged by these verses, and I hope you are too! I pray that God shows us areas in our lives where we can be more generous to those in need.

~ Jill Power

Jill Power

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