An amazing thing happened to my family a few days ago. Heather was at home with a migraine, so I took 3 of the kids to go pick up pizza and take back home. We walked in to the restaurant and our pizza was not done yet. So, I ushered the kids over to a table to wait for the food.
As we sat there waiting, a lady started chatting with my kids. None of my children are shy, AT ALL, and so they gladly started chatting back. After a few minutes the lady went up to the cashier to pay and left. When she left, the cashier came over and told me that the lady who left had just paid for our pizza. I was shocked, and my children thought it was the most amazing thing in the world. They kept saying, “A complete stranger bought our food.”
This was a wonderful blessing for my family, but also a great opportunity to teach my children about being a blessing. On the drive home, I began teaching them what the bible says about giving to people.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:38
This is a very powerful scripture and God does bless those that bless others. This was not the point I was trying to teach my children on the drive home. I want my kids to learn to enjoy the act of giving without the intent of getting something back in return.
Our American society does not exactly excel in selfless acts. We tend to get busy with life, become self-absorbed or get to the point to where apathy sets in and all we care about it ourselves. I want to teach my children to go against the grain.
As my children grow, I want them to learn to see people as God sees them. I want them to see a hurting person and reach out to them. I want my children to see a family in need, and do what they can to meet that need. More importantly, I want them to do it just because they want to be a blessing.
Helping other people is never done because it is the convenient thing to do. It requires sacrificing something that you have to meet the needs of someone else. That may be changing someone’s flat on the side of the road, buying someone dinner or helping a widow take care of her house.
As parents, we all will leave legacies behind that our children will carry on. I want my children to know me as a father who was selfless and changed the lives of those he came in contact with. I want them to follow that example and live their lives as a blessing to others. I want them to give, asking nothing in return and truly enjoy the act of giving.