Learning to Give and To Share

My oldest daughter was an only child for 5 years.  She has always been very kind and for the most part shares her toys with her friends.  However, now that her little sister is here she has naturally become more possessive with her things.  Her younger sister is only 8-months, but my eldest has made up rules regarding what toys her sister is allowed to play with.  I find it comical because there is not much the baby can do with the toy other than slobber all over it, but in my eldest's mind, that is obviously not the case. 

Yesterday, she brought home a book from school about this lady who gave her only potato away to a poor beggar and in return God blessed her by later on miraculously providing a barrel full of potatoes.  As we were reading it, I thought, what a great opportunity to teach her about Luke 6:38.

Luke 6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

After we were finished reading the book, I grabbed a measuring cup and some beans and demonstrated Luke 6:38 for her.  (The demonstration would have worked better with flour or sugar, but thankfully she got the picture).  My eldest enjoyed pressing down on the beans, shaking the cup, and then making the beans "run over."  I then asked her, "Which one had more? The first cup or the cup that had beans running over?"  She knew the answer.

At that point it became easier to explain to her that she does not need to worry or be afraid about sharing or giving her things away--even her special things.  God will always find a way to bless her even more! The best thing about this whole little lesson was that it was also such a wonderful reminder for me!

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