We haven’t been to church in a few weeks, but my son has been talking non-stop since the last time we were there about the collection for Nepal. The children’s ministry is raising money to help with the school tuition costs for the children of the elders at Harvest Nepal. So this Sunday morning when I said, “Let’s get ready for church!” first he practically cheered, and then he ran upstairs to get his piggy bank. He emptied it into a bag, got his Bible, and said he was ready to go.
Every urge inside me wanted to tell him not to give the entire contents of his piggy bank. It was ALL his money, coins that he had been collecting from loose change here and there for over 2 years. Practically speaking, it didn’t really amount to that much, but it was ALL his money. I really had to check myself… why didn’t I want him to give it all? Shouldn’t I be encouraging his generous heart, not trying to teach him to keep some back for himself? His attitude was so pure, so simple. Someone needs money, I have money, I should give them my money. It could be argued that he was only so generous because he doesn’t really understand the value of a dollar, and he also has parents who have taken care of every need he has ever had…
But it was that exact thought that painted a really beautiful picture to me. Indulge me a little here… we have a heavenly Father who meets our every need. We do not really understand the value of a dollar (I think we overvalue our dollars, considering it all belongs to the Creator anyway, and His is the power to give and take away!). And yet when we hear about a need, how often do we give with so much joy and without reservation?! Anyway… I know that there are lots of different thoughts on how to be a good steward, etc. I just wanted to share it because it seemed to me like a little picture of what “faith of a child” might look like.
Now… try and ask for his favourite lego guy and he’d probably hang on with white knuckles! lol But this time we let him empty out his piggy bank, give it all, and told him the Lord was pleased with his heart to help the children in Nepal. <3