3 Principles My Parents Taught Me about Giving

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Principle One:

Budgeting can free your income so you can give more to the Lord’s work. Unfortunately, many have not been taught the proper way to handle money and it becomes a burden instead.

When my siblings and I were very small, our parents began teaching us how to handle money.   Dad and Mom gave us an allowance; it wasn’t a large amount of money, but it was given to begin teaching us about finances while we were young.

Their method was the “envelope” method. It was very simplistic but loaded with principle. We were given three envelopes labeled “God”, “Savings” and “Me”.   We were taught to put 10 % into the envelope marked “God”, and 40% into “Savings” and 40% into “Me”.   (Later in life, the principle of adding more to God than 10% was taught.)

This taught me early in life how to budget and it has been a lesson well learned.


Principle Two:

Volunteering is giving. Giving doesn’t stop with just money as some believe.   My parents also taught us giving through volunteerism. This is definitely beginning to be a lost art.   A lot of people have their hand out waiting to be paid for any position they hold in the church or organization where they give their time.

There are many opportunities to give of one’s time without desiring to be compensated. Many churches are in great need for folks to give of their time teaching, chaperoning, cleaning, etc.   Go to your pastor and find out how you can be a help to make the church a better place for folks to come and hear the gospel.

Gratitude is also part of giving. Gratitude is so important. You family might struggle to make ends meet or maybe you have been blessed and have no needs.   We need to remember where all of our blessings come from, large or small and be thankful to God for His provision. But don’t stop with just thanking God.

Be grateful to those who give to you.   My parents taught me gratitude by teaching me to write a thank you for anything I received from anybody. It needs to be personalized, not just a Facebook post; it should be a phone call or a handwritten note.

God’s desire is to bless us.   He tells us to give seek His kingdom first in Matthew 6:33 and He also tells us in Luke 6:38, “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

He tells us these things because He operates within the principle of sowing and reaping. He wants to bless us.   Begin today teaching your children these three principles and practicing them yourself.   You’ll see God’s great blessings.






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