I am now moving onto year 4 of “Quote of the Week”!
I can’t believe that I am still keeping it up – but it has become such a staple in our house.
So much so, that little notes get dropped on my desk with a passing comment of, “I heard this quote at school and wrote it down. Thought you’d like it and could use it for our quote.” (Thanks Zach)
“You make a living with what you get, you make a life with what you GIVE” Winston Churchill
The good stuff in life is all about giving, isn’t it?
Sure, it’s fun to get stuff, but giving certainly is even better.
However, I think it’s very important that we allow others the opportunity to GIVE too.
I was in a store around Christmas and overheard a conversation a mother was clearly having with her older child. It went something like this:
“I know you want to sweetie, but I don’t need a gift. You are short of money. I don’t want you wasting your money on something for me. I know you want to, and that’s enough.”
Another woman nearby heard the same conversation and we giggled together and said “Mothers! We all have the same conversation with our kids.”
And while I don’t like my kids spending their money on me, or spending much money, I thought afterwards that it is not a good conversation to be having with our kids. We are depriving them of the opportunity to GIVE!
Giving is the top priority – but how can we really teach giving if we are not willing to accept from the giver? So the conversation really needs to be something like, “I know you are short on cash. I don’t want you to spend much, or anything at all. Just do something meaningful from the heart, that takes a little bit of effort, and I’d love to receive that.”
We need to give to make a life, and we need to graciously accept to allow other’s to give and make their life too.