Elijah recently celebrated his 7th birthday (sob, sob). One of the things he requested from friends and family was money. I was so proud of him when we counted up his money and talked about how he needed to tithe 10%. He was super willing even though the amount seemed astronomical to him ($9.33). He gladly took his money in a ziplock bag to church.
Later he came back to me and told me about how his cousin, Silas, had given $20 of his birthday money to buy mosquito nets for kids in Africa. We talked about how when God blesses you, you can be generous and give more than 10%. I asked him if he would like to do that and he agreed. He wanted to use $20 extra of his birthday money to help someone.
We agreed that purchasing a backpack for a child who might not get a new backpack for school would be a great way to spend his money. I told him I would buy a backpack too. I wish you could have seen him pay for that backpack and lunch box with his $20 in Target. No second thoughts. I was so proud.
Later I asked Elijah if he regretted spending that money on someone else, he said not at all. It is funny, I have never regretted one dollar that I have given away either.
This is not a post to ask you to donate a backpack for kids in need. This is a post meant to inspire you to be generous. If a 7 year old can give $20 and not look back, you can be generous too. I challenge you to pray today and ask the Lord if He shows you a need, you will be generous and fulfill that need.
Matthew 6:21 Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”