The church I attend takes up a special offering around this time of year, giving what is collected to missionaries in support of their work. The congregation is asked to give through designated offerings. For the children who do not attend the main service, they received a special container into which they can place what they collect or want to give, then turning it all in on a certain day.
Benjamin has one of these containers and I was surprised to see several dollars inside it on the first day. We were at home and it appeared that he had emptied his entire piggy bank’s contents into this container. This morning he explained: All the money he is given will be given to missionaries. Any money he finds, he’ll keep.
This sort of generosity is really cool. He recognizes that the work people do is important enough to be supported financially. He also recognizes that giving to support this work is important and that sacrifices have to be made sometimes.
I’d like to think that he has learned some of this generosity at home as my wife and I have been generous over the years—sometimes if not often at some level of sacrifice to ourselves or our family.
The coolest thing is that his giving is from the heart—not because someone said he had to give, and not because someone set an amount or a percentage for him to give. Knowing human nature, I think he probably would have more trouble with giving if it were required or forced in some way.
Maybe we should all exercise more generosity, giving in support of a cause that we are concerned about.
Maybe giving because someone says give this amount or give that percentage holds us back from being who we truly should be.
Maybe our children sometimes know better than we do.