Read Hebrews 13:5
If you didn’t start off reading the scripture for today, read it here one more time:
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
This verse could be extremely applicable to kids, teens, adults, and elders…with me being at the front of that line.
In almost every aspect of our daily lives, TV and social media ads tell us what we don’t have and that having “this” item will make you happy. The comparison culture is pushed in front of our kids’ eyes every day which drives continuous discontent on what they have.
So, what are some daily habits we can develop to help our kids learn contentment with the clothes they wear and things they have while teaching them the value and place of money?
1. Model Contentment (But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6)
Good or bad, whatever habits we have as parents, our kids will likely pick up. Always getting that new phone, new car, or designer clothing? There’s nothing wrong with having nice things, but explain to your kids what it took (45 hours of work, for example) to buy that new iPhone. Give them something tangible to relate to the effort and sacrifice buying that new item takes. Nothing is just free, regardless of what your kids might have seen some YouTuber show earlier that day.
2. Battle for the Heart (For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21)
When kids start getting an allowance or even a first job, explain the value of giving to God. Giving the first profit, even if it’s $0.25, kids will start learning it’s not their money but God’s. Also, let your kids see you tithing, helping out others, or giving of your time…they are watching!
3. Ultimate Contentment (I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11)
There is story after story of celebrities or athletes who earned the big payday, achieved a milestone, or won a championship and still felt discontent. Jesus’ way is the only road we can head down that leads to a truly content life. Talk about the model Jesus provided throughout the New Testament about contentment and that He will provide exactly what you need and when you need it.
4. Daily Prayer (I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12)
Ask God daily to provide a content mindset and focus in you and your family’s life. Turn away from the comparison culture and striving for more stuff by thanking the Lord for all of the blessings you have through Him. Your family, your health, or even in your job are things we all, at times, can take for granted.
As contentment in Christ starts infiltrating every part of your life, your kids will recognize it and follow your lead!