We All Have Something To Give

I was very inspired reading a letter from a Mom to Catholic Sistas telling about how her little boy was inspired by Pope Francis. He decided to donate the $465 he received as gifts from family and friends for his First Holy Communion. The sweet 8-year old even said to his mom, “if we don’t help the hungry, who will?” The money he gave to the local Ecumenical Kitchen fed about 350 people. If you want to read this story in detail, you can do so HERE. The moral of the story in my opinion is that we all have something to give.

It is so inspiring and heart-warming how a child can possess such a selfless spirit. If only all of us think the way this little boy thinks, the world would be a much better place.

We do not need to be millionaires to be able to give to the less fortunate. Like the widow that Jesus praised in Mark 12:41-44 who gave “two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents” as an offering, we just need to whole-heartedly present to the Lord whatever it is that we have and it will surely go a long way. We all have something to give, and that should be a focus.

How to Get Your Children in the Giving Spirit This Holiday Season

Something that all parents strive to instill in their children is drive to care about others. Teaching your child how to care for others is very important to their growth and development into an adult. It can be really tough to teach your child to think of others first because even adults do not behave in that manner all the time. Setting a good example for your children by being as selfless as possible is a good start.

A recent post on JBM Thinks talked about a plan to teach your children how to give during the holiday season. Janis, the blog’s author, also feels that teaching kids to care about others before themselves can be a truly difficult task. She also pointed out that it can be even harder to do this during the holiday season. Her idea to teach a great lesson in giving this holiday season was to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas child gives gifts to children in other countries. There are also many other programs similar to this one, and I agree that getting involved with a program like this is a good way to get your child in the giving spirit!

Have you ever participated in a program like Operation Christmas Child? What was it called and how can you become a part of it?