Teach Them to Give


Since this is Christmas week, I thought I’d share a memory that our girls remember vividly even though they were very young. In fact when Shannon was visiting last month, we talked about this story.

Walt had been out of work for 3 years in the early 80’s and we were trying to dig our way out. He had landed a job although it didn’t pay much, we were thankful. It was Christmas time and our church had a tree with names of children we could ‘adopt’ and buy gifts for. The last three Christmas’s, we had been adopted and our children received some pretty amazing things, so we wanted to pay it forward.

That year, Cabbage Patch dolls were all the rage and our girls wanted one in the worst way. I decided to make it a teaching moment and shared with them the law of sowing and reaping that Jesus taught. When you plant a seed, it grows and gives more then you planted. I explained how we would sow a seed of a doll in two little girls who wouldn’t have a Christmas that year and watch and see what God would do for them.

The next day, I went to the store and found two dolls that were an off brand of the real deal. They looked very similar, but was a fraction of the price. I remember praising God that I had enough to buy them. As I sat wrapping the boxes, both the girls watched and expressed the desire to keep them. I explained again that this was our seed and that we would just believe that God would see their seed and they would get what they were asking for.

My faith wasn’t even as big as what I saw come to pass on Christmas morning. They didn’t just get one Cabbage Patch, they both got three each! How exciting to see how God showed two little girls that He hears, He sees and He gives. He doesn’t just give according to what we give, He gives abundantly, to the full, till it overflows.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Sandy G

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