Charity… the voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need; kindness and tolerance in judging others.
Charity can be hard. Oh sure, on occasion we might be willing to dip into our pockets and throw some extra change at a person in need, but committed giving or the giving of more than our money can often be a challenge.
I think passing along the value of charity is important though. It goes far beyond the giving of actual currency and deals with the matter of the heart.
When we are charitable, we are helping. Charity means we are no longer thinking of our own good, we are choosing to put someone else before ourselves and edifying that other person.
Often when we think of charity, we imagine organizations or ministries which require financial assistance. My goal is to encourage our children to see past organized charity and instill charity into every aspect of their lives.
If charity is helping and kindness while making judgements, then charity should be a portion of our daily living. Every moment of our day should be filled with tenderness, sympathy, and benevolence. We ought to look for ways to reach out and help those in need, no matter how small the act.
We ought to be charitable when handling matters within our own homes. Mommy needs to be charitable when correcting lessons and training her children. Children need to be charitable when their siblings choose to fight or make mistakes.
While I absolutely encourage and train my children to help out those in need and give financially to organized charitable groups, I just as strongly want to encourage daily charitable activity.
When we have a heart of compassion, the willingness to part with our hard-earned cash will be that much easier.
How are you helping to instill charity in your family?
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12