My children spend hours playing and exploring our backyard. They frequently are covered from head-to-toe in mud from making “delicious” mud pies and from digging up muddy treasures.
The other day my daughter ran inside with a huge, proud smile plastered across her face and said, “Mama! Look at this beautiful leaf and this shiny rock I found! They are for you!”
I graciously accepted her precious gifts and I acted as if she had brought me rare gems. To the everyday person she brought me a dirty stone and a dingy bug-eaten leaf, but to her it was a truly marvelous find.
It might seem strange to celebrate such an odd gift; however, she cheerfully gave me her most precious possessions. Instead of stashing these items away for herself she chose to give them to me, and she was more than happy to do that. That dirty little white rock and the leaf were some of the sweetest gifts I have received. As a five-year-old she doesn’t have a whole lot of gifts to give, and she selflessly chose me to be the lucky new owner of these prized possessions.
It is so important to encourage our children to be cheerful givers. I want my children to grow up and continue to see the importance of happily giving to others, whether that be money, time, or using their God-given gifts. How much more special is a gift when it is given cheerfully rather than out of pure obligation? That is why I will continue to make a special point to celebrate the simple treasures they bring me.
“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)
I encourage you to relish and celebrate your children’s little treasures and gifts! What are some ways that you help your children continue to develop into cheerful givers?
- A Leaf And A Rock: Celebrating Children’s Little Treasures - September 2, 2015
- Turning The Mundane Into The Miraculous - August 12, 2015
- Women of Faith: An Inspiring and Uplifting Event - August 4, 2015
I remember those days when my kids were little and would bring me all those “flowers” and other “gifts”. Oh, how I miss it. They really do grow up so fast. Cherish those moments and gifts.
(A leaf and a rock). What a precious writing from my granddaughter about her precious little treasure from God (her daughter) finding natural yard treasures made by God as she played in her new yard to give to her mom as a special gift from her. Nothing sweeter. Suca a good article on giving unselfishly.
what a great thing – teaching your children about the joy and value of giving – Prov. 22:6 😀
I couldn’t help but think of your post today as my son gifted his piano teacher a snake gourd and a rock! She received them both with such grace.
Aww! I love this! I was just thinking about this topic yesterday. Our neighbor had a stroke last year and is now confined to a wheel cheer. A few days ago he fell as he was trying to get out of the car. My children and I were outside when it happened. I helped his wife get him to a sitting position and he called an ambulance. He is okay now, nothing was broken thankfully but the Lord put it on my heart to make them a meal so a couple days after it happened (yesterday) my boys and I… Read more »
That is so beautiful! How wonderful that he is doing well and that you all have blessed in so. And yes, what an impact you made on your little ones. You have taught them how to serve and give with a grateful heart. Absolutely marvelous! Keep Creating a Great Day!