Joy of Giving and Gift of Hope

Published December 3, 2018

From Character Counts! Washington County,

People of character are: Caring, Respectful, Fair, and good Citizens

Parenting:

The Christmas season is a great time of year to help children learn about the joys of giving and the importance of reaching out to others in their time of need. During the month of December children are excited and often focused on one thing … presents!

Their wish lists are written, then they grow even longer as the month goes by! While it’s easy to place the blame on the immaturity of children for this laser-like focus, parents are presented with the opportunity at this time of year to teach children to enjoy giving – and to make giving not just a one-time -of-year event, but a way of life.

  1.  Involve your children in selecting gifts for friends and/or family members.
  2. Provide your children with opportunities to serve outside the home.
  3. Participate in an Angel tree or other giving opportunity for needy families through your local church or ministry.
  4. Praise your children for giving.
  5. Express your own joy in giving to others.
  6. Read Bible verses about the joy of giving.
  7. Talk about how much God gave to us and why He gave – because He loves us so much!! 

Leadership:

·         All people feel better and do better when you give them attention, affirmation and appreciation. The next time you make contact with people, begin by giving them your undivided attention during the first thirty seconds. Affirm them and show your appreciation for them in some way. Then watch what happens. 

·         As you interact with your family, your coworkers, and the clerk at the store today, recognize that your life touches many others’ lives. Certainly, your influence on your family members is greater than that on the strangers you meet. But even in your ordinary day to day interactions with people, you make an impact. You can get them to smile and make their day. 

·         Make the most of your gifts and opportunities – my potential is God’s gift to me. What I do with my potential is my gift to Him.  I believe I am accountable to God, others, and myself for every gift, talent, resource, and opportunity I have in life. If giving less than my best, then I am shirking my responsibility. 

·         Hope is one of the most powerful and energizing words in the English language. It is something that gives us power to keep going in the toughest of times. Its power energizes us with excitement and anticipation as we look toward the future. 

Bible Verse: Acts 20:35

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.   2 Corinthians 9:7 | NIV

Quotes:

Make every day your masterpiece. 

How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving. James Cash Penney  

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. Khalil Gibran

Random Acts of Kindness Calendar for December – see attached. 

During this holiday season share the Joy of Giving and the Gift of Hope with those around you.

 Your CHARACTER COUNTS! Everywhere all the time

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