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This topic is adapted from the PursueGOD Video Youtube Channel.

Paula had quite enough of her children’s griping over dinner. During that frustration, she found a practical way to teach her children about sacrificial giving.

[Related: Biblical Lessons on Generosity]

[Related: How God Rewards Us for Giving to Others]

Video Highlights:

  • Acts 20:35 really challenged Paula to take action with her kids. She wanted to teach them that it really is better to give than to receive. She felt like her kids were good at receiving but didn’t have much experience with giving.  
  • This was especially apparent during meal time. With three picky eaters, making the perfect meal felt impossible.
  • As her children complained over dinner, Paula felt sickened knowing starving children were being fed “dirt biscuits.” She realized she needed to provide her children with an opportunity to be generous.  
  • Paula’s family went an entire week eating only PB&J sandwiches for every meal. The money their family saved, by eliminating food choices, went towards a donation for missions week at their church. They were committed as a family.  
  • Paula had two goals. First, to help her kids gain appreciation for the food choices given. Second, to understand that their sacrifice would earn money to give towards helping others.

Having a generous, sacrificial heart should be a quality that every Christian should exhibit. Teach your children the importance of this virtue by giving them a practical and real life experience. Find something that you can sacrifice together, and use the money to give just as Paula and her family did.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Read Acts 20:35. Share your thoughts on this verse. Share how this has been true in your own life, that it was more fun to give a gift than to receive one.
  4. What are three things your family could sacrifice to save money for a donation? Have your family vote on one idea and then make a plan together.
  5. With the money your family saves, where would you like to see it go? Is there a specific charity you would like to donate toward or church activity you’d like to help fund?
  6. How are you modeling generosity for your children in your daily activities? What adjustments could you make to emphasize the importance of giving and sacrificing?
  7. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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