I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16
Give and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure– pressed down, shaken together and running over. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you in return. Luke 6:38
There is a famous corollary about saving: You cannot save money by spending money. Memorize this. Meditate on it. Apply it to your life. Teach your children that 100% of all the money they earn belongs to the Lord. He lets us keep 90% and asks that we give only 10% to Him. Train them to put 10% away to give to the Lord.
Notice that I used two different verbs: teach and train. They are not the same.
Teaching has to do with verbal explanation, and your modeling.
Training has to do with the student actually doing things that will allow them to discover this truth down in their core. When you sat in Algebra class, the math teacher taught about solving equations. The training happened when you did the homework and solved 10 problems.
Tithing is the one place where the corollary is NOT true: You cannot save money by spending money. Give and it will be given to you. You cannot out give God. I have seen it in my life. I faithfully give to His Kingdom, and my car doesn’t break down as much. The policewoman doesn’t give me that ticket when she stops me. Don’t get me wrong: there is no FASTPASS that allows us to miss life’s bruises. But my life says that giving to God first has caused less money to be wasted.
Controlling spending is the way to have more than enough. The culture we live in is geared to make you feel inadequate if you don’t buy that new dress, car, iphone, toy. Get over it. Laugh at the wolves who make those commercials. Are they thinking of you or themselves? We would teach our children on Saturday morning cartoons: “What are they trying to do on this commercial? Do you think that toy is really that fun or are they making it just look that way?” Yes, we were making them partial skeptics with a critical eye. But we are responsible for training our children.
Respond if you would:
How do you teach your children about the culture of advertisement?