take it home | 2.12

Extreme Sayings Series

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Extreme Saying of the Week: “Don’t Love Money!”

Lesson in a Word:  Priorities

Story: The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-22)

Bible Verse: “Love of money causes trouble.”  1 Timothy 6:10 CEV

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want You to be number one in my life.  Help me learn how to be content with what I have so that I will not always want more toys and things.  Help me to think about money in a way that pleases You.  Amen

“Take-It-Home” Activities:

Parents:   As I was preparing this lesson, I couldn’t help but think how much I needed to hear it too!  Our children see what we buy, when we buy it and how freely we give what’s ours to others.  How in love are we with our stuff?  How in love are we with our money?  Are we willing to give any of it away at any time?  It’s always helpful for me to remember that everything we have has been given to me by God, even money.  He’s entrusted me and blessed me with it and I am simply asked to use it to glorify Him.    What a freeing way to live!

Toddlers: Children this age are, by nature, very self-centered.  You can help change that focus by encouraging sharing all the time!  When you are playing with your child ask “May I have a turn please?”  When they offer it up to you say “Thank You!” and after you have played with the toy then say “It’s your turn!”  Modeling how to share at an early age will help begin to shape giving hearts.

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Take some time this week to talk with your child/ren about something they would like to give to someone in need.  There are many community agencies that are always taking donations, or you can  bring them to our food pantry at JaxNaz.  They could help pick out one of their toys, an article of clothing, or food from your cupboards.  Load up your donations and bring your child along to drop them off!

Parents of children in the Backyard:  Ask your child/ren about the “I Can Give” picture they drew in class, and then help to make it happen!

Parents of children in K-Street:   Take some time this week to talk with your child/ren about the paper they completed in class.  Whenever your child receives or earns money, it is a great idea to help them divide it for tithe, saving, and spending.  If you are unsure of how much to put into each category, it is Biblical to tithe 10%, and a good rule of thumb to put 50% in savings and the remaining 40% for spending.  Instilling these practices into your child/ren now will help them be good stewards of money in the future!

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