Dare 2B Daring - August 23, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
(Permission granted to reprint with proper attribution.)
“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” – Chuck Swindoll
When our three kids were young, Deanna and I tried our best to teach them some important lessons about money. Here in a nutshell are a few of them…
- Everything you have comes directly from God. He is the one Who gives you life, health and the ability to earn a living.
- God expects you to work hard and so do we. Government programs are for the less fortunate, i.e. people who can’t work due to sickness or a physical disability.
- Because He owns everything and is the source of all that you have, it is only right that you give Him back a tithe. Start at 10% of your gross income (or allowance) and go from there. By the way, tithes are to be paid first, not after the rest of your bills.
- Try your best to save the same amount that you tithe, again starting at 10%. Things break, people get sick, and we all like to go on vacation. Rainy day funds will come in handy, even when the sun is shining.
To drive home these points, we bought each child a bank from Focus on the Family. It had three sections: one for tithes, one for savings, and one for spending money. Each time we gave our kids their allowance – and they were required to do chores to earn that – we instructed them to place at least 10% each in the tithe and savings compartments. The rest could go into the spending compartment and they could use that amount however they wanted.
Truth be told, I wish we had kept that tradition going longer than we did. But hopefully, they learned enough lessons along the way to apply as adults.
However, even more important than the banks we bought them to teach proper money management were the “deposits” we tried to make in our children’s memory banks. Day by day, we made small deposits that we prayed would reap eternal dividends. A few of these deposits were attending church faithfully, memorizing Scripture through the Awana program, participating in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and seeing their parents actively serving the Lord in full-time ministry.
But the deposits we made weren’t limited to spiritual activities. Family camping trips, holiday celebrations, backyard ballgames, snowball fights, making forts out of chairs and blankets, and purposely singing “Happy Birthday” off-key added up to a somewhat unconventional, but well-rounded childhood. I think it’s safe to say that, as a family, we experienced a lot more laughs than tears.
Best of all, Deanna and I now get to sit back and watch how Bethany, Matthew and Christopher apply these lessons in their own families. Oh, the special and indescribable joy of being grandparents!
“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them…” Psalm 127:3-5a (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President