This is the third part in our series “5 Ideas For Cultivating Generous Kids This Christmas”. Click here to get the introduction to this series.
#3 Be a generous neighbour
It’s not necessarily the done thing anymore to chat to/ befriend/ give gifts to your neighbours. But how wonderful would it be if as Christians we were known to be generous neighbours? God knows exactly the times and places in which we would live so that people could come to faith in him (Acts 17), so are we making the most of this opportunity? Blessing our neighbours can be anything from making a hamper for an elderly neighbour to buying a dog toy for the puppy next door. Have a chat to your children about who your neighbours are and ask them what they think they might value as a gift this Christmas time. Then go and deliver said gift with your child. Never fear if it’s a box of shop-bought mince pies or chocolates hurriedly added on to your Tesco order – we are wanting to model building and growing relationships to our children. The value in this idea is really in the delivering the gift and wishing your neighbours a happy Christmas.
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”