Speak the Truth:
Deuteronomy 16:17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.
Proverbs 22:7 The Rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
Talk the Talk:
If you have read any of my blogs before, chances are you have heard that my family lives on a very tight budget. I have always loved numbers and math. Yes I know, I am a geek; however, God knew exactly what He was doing when he sent me to school to study finance. He also knew what He was doing as I watched my mom raise 2 kids on her own without going into great debt. We learned that some things just aren’t necessary, that its okay to buy second hand (if it’s in good condition), and it’s okay to save and splurge every once in a blue moon. Basically, we learned how to stretch a dollar. At a time when MILLIONS of Americans will spend way more than they should, max out credit cards and overindulge, I felt that it might be appropriate to put things in perspective.
Walk the Walk:
1. Teach your children they don’t need EVERYTHING. I love buying for my girls, especially getting them that one gift they really wanted. However, we do not need to buy our children everything on their lists. One of the best things about not having cable is my children no longer see the endless number of commercials telling them they need all of these toys to fit in or have fun. If something on their list is too expensive, and your budget does not fit, then think outside the box. It is okay to tell them No, or maybe you could get them a piggy bank with some money and help them save for the item. There are lots of ways to get creative. It’s also okay (especially when they are older) to give them a $$$ limit on gifts. We have got to teach our children the importance of living on a budget. (Proverbs 22:7)
2.Teach your children to GIVE. Teach them to love giving more than receiving. More than likely, there is a child out there that has way less than your kids. (I heard on the news the other morning there are millions of children living on the street in the United States.) When we teach our kids to love on others, and to give to others, they will also learn to be more appreciative. It kind of goes hand in hand. One way to give is to clean our their toys to donate, find time to volunteer at a food shelter, fill operation shoe boxes, or buy gifts for a family in need. Either way, find ways to take the attention off of themselves and turn it towards others. (Deuteronomy 16:17)
3.I saved the best for Last…Teach them CHRISTMAS is about JESUS. Plain and simple, the best gift came years ago when Jesus came to the Earth to be our Savior. Let’s not get so caught up in our toy list, shopping, eating, parties, etc. that we take our attention away from the main reason we celebrate Christmas. Read the Christmas story, bake a birthday cake for Jesus, and sing songs.
My girls and I love watching Charlie Brown Christmas, my favorite part is when Linus tells Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas.