Selfies. Instagram Aesthetics. Latest phones and gadgets. Unfortunately, in today’s fallen world, it’s become all about “me.” Selfish attitudes are woven into the fabric of our society so it’s challenging to raise selfless kids in this crazy world of ours.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” If you keep your children’s eyes fixed on God, He will surely take care of them.
It’s important your children learn to look beyond themselves and serve others. If you could do even a little thing to help build God’s kingdom – that’s still something. God’s laid out a future for your children with a greater purpose. In the process of learning to be selfless, you’re really teaching your children to become more like the greatest leader of all: Jesus Christ.
Here are some ways to raise selfless kids in a self-centered world:
Love people. Use things.
Sounds simple? You’d be surprised by the number of people who care more about their material possessions than they do about the people around them. It’s a common belief that the more you have, the more value you have. NOT TRUE. Teach your kids to care for their family and friends over their smartphone, for example. If they put their phone down when talking to a friend, it shows they care for their friend because they’ve given them undivided attention.
Attitude of Service
Humility can bedefined as“the quality that lets us go more than halfway to meet the needs and demands of others.” How far would your children go for a friend that’s hurting? Think and talk about different situations where your children can show humility. This helps spark the idea of thinking of others before themselves. It’s not easy to put others first but it’s certainly worth it.
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Show your children that there are different ways to give. You can give your time, money, effort and energy to help other people in need. Teach them to tithe to the church, support charities like Compassion or Thank you and volunteer their time. Remember, God loves a cheerful giver so teach them to give with a pure heart – not out of spite or force. Encourage them to start tithing on their own allowance and make sacrifices (such as giving up a new gadget they want) to help someone in need.
The #1 Role Model
You know it, it’s Jesus Christ. Encourage your children to be more Christ-like. Jesus exemplifies acts of selflessness during many situations in the Bible. Read Bible stories of selflessness and humility to your children and discuss ways they can apply it in their daily lives.