I hope your elf arrived and got your kids excited for this holiday season! Remember, I am posting these a day ahead of time. Today your elf should arrive and tomorrow will begin the exciting adventure of biblical virtues!
The first biblical virtue we are going to focus on is generosity! It is so much more rewarding to give than to receive. Giving to others and sharing are two words that don’t always exist in the world of toddlers. You know that all too familiar word “MINE!” Toddlers must be taught how to share and how to give, and why it is important.
What does the word generosity mean? It means to be willing to give more of what you have to those in need. It means going the extra mile. It means showing kindness to others. Jesus said it is better to give than to receive. There is something that happens in our hearts when we act generously. Joy fills our hearts. That joy is the Holy Spirit telling us that He is pleased and that it makes Him happy when we are generous.
Read the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12. Talk about the choice that the rich man made. Was it a generous one? What actions could he have taken to be generous?
The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Jesus himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
This activity is all up to you, momma! Talk to your child about ways they can be generous. Come up with some ideas to show generosity to others. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Bake cookies and take them to some friends
- Make Christmas cards to take and hand out at a nursing home
- Participate in an Angel Tree
- Gather up old toys and donate them to kids in need
- Participate in Operation Christmas Child
- Donate to a local food drive
Whatever activity you choose, be sure to talk about how being generous is pleasing to the Lord. He commands us to help those in need and to have a heart for those with less. It is great to do generous acts such as those above, but be sure to talk about ways your child can be generous on a daily basis too (ex: sharing toys with friends). Being generous makes our hearts happy and it makes the Lord happy too!