I like to encourage them to consider if what they are doing, or saying, is what they would want someone to do, or say, to them. This definitely gets them thinking, and I try to use it as a way to encourage them to treat others the way they would like to be treated. :)
We don't have a lot of money in our little family, but I was so blessed when my kids volunteered to each give up part of their Christmas presents this past year so that we could fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child and buy things for World Vision gifts too. We are working on learning to think about how to bless family members before taking something for themselves...I think the best way to teach this concept is to live it ourselves. They will do what they see lived out every day.
We also do Operation Christmas Child, as well as several times a year we put together bags of food as a family for the local food bank
Well right now I don't have any children , but in the future I know I will when I am married. I would want my future children as the verse go "With good will doing service , as unto the Lord , and not unto men" Ephesian 6:7. I would want my children to have their motives and to have the mindset also while doing whatever it may be unto the Lord ,and knowing that the simplest things and tasks that they are doing is to glorify the Lord.hollyspin_18(at)Hotmail(dot)com
My favorite bible verse for my kids is "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength". I also have the kids donate their old clothes/books/toys to kids that are in need of those things!
My son is homeschooled using Abeka Christian Academy curriculum and he loves learning the Bible while learning math, reading and all of his subjects. Each week he learns a new Bible verse. My wife and I have also been foster parents to over 50 kids over the last 6 years, adopting 2 of them.We always encourage our children to help others and we lead by example by giving to all of the children that have come through our house. Our children love to do things for other people whether it's opening the door for a stranger while saying hello.
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