I witnessed something over my lunch break recently – my two boys were, well… being boys (side note: did you know that you can interchange the word “boy” for “refining ball of blur” (I love my boys – no sarcasm in that statement)).  As I watched my boys being boys… with all the energy and loudness that they carried with them from room to room… my wife and I (transparent moment here) were frustrated.  I did something in that moment that in hind-sight was not the wisest decision, I gave them both a rope of licorice / sugar. They were thrilled [insert more noise here].  My objective was successful… they quieted down while they enjoyed their father’s gift and my wife and I finished our conversation. A few moments later, my oldest son (5 yrs) walked up to Mom and broke off a piece of his licorice and gave her a small chunk… [20 seconds pass]… middle son (2.5 yrs) walks up to Mom and with extreme effort, tears off a piece of his licorice and hands her a larger chuck. The “licorice events”, if you will,  were all unsolicited from each party involved.

My lesson:Is my offering to God contagious enough for others [my brothers and sisters] to be stirred to do what it takes to do the same (give a costly offering). I’m not at all advocating an attitude of ‘giving so that others see you’ as Jesus frowns uponI’m simply drawing attention to the fact when we / I give with the right attitude it will stir others to do the same (or maybe more).

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preacherstew

That’s a great insight and question: Am I living my life in such a way that it makes people want to live better, be better? Positive peer pressure, if you will. Another insight/question from the story: Does my receiving such generosity from my Father make me want to give, just like your boys gave because of your generosity.

Jason Gangwish

Absolutely, and when it doesn’t (Does my receiving such generosity from my Father make me want to give) …. what is the root of THAT..? Thanks for stopping through, Preachertsew 🙂

Adrienne

Oy, but that is a loaded question. However, it is one that is worth serious contemplation – especially in light of raising children. Thank you for the opportunity to think upon it.

Jason Gangwish

Adriene, it may be loaded, but I think you hit the nail on the head… we have to ask loaded questions honestly in light of raising kids!

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