As many of us prepare for our annual Christmas gift exchanges, it can be easy to be caught up worrying about making sure that everyone has the perfect gift, or that all the kids get something they wanted, or that all the gifts are fair.
It can be easy in all the rush to forget that we in the United States are already rich in comparison with most of the rest of our world-neighbors. The most alarming of the many statistics is that nearly half the world lives on less than $2 per day per person. That’s not just for food – that’s for everything!
It’s one thing to know this and talk about it in passing from time to time. It’s another to illustrate it and talk in depth about it with your kids. Let it sink in. Discuss and pray through what you want to do about it.
Here’s an idea about how to “talk about it as you sit at home” (see Deut 6:6-7).
Talk to Kids about Stuff
Show a few examples of what $2 can buy here in the United States, such as:
- a pair of socks
- 3-4 apples
- two cans of beans or vegetables
Invite your kids to pick one item.
Tell your kids, “Half of the people in the world get only this much each day.”
Then ask them a few questions,
- How would you feel if this was all you got for a whole day?
- How would we work together as a family to make the most of our $2/person?
- What would you look forward to about tomorrow?
Read Paul’s teaching about wealth to Timothy in 1 Tim 6:17-19:
“Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.” (from The Message)
Pray for people you know — and for people you don’t know all around the world — who need Jesus’ love and/or who could benefit from your generosity. Ask your kids if they have any ideas about what your family could do to help.
This could spark quite a conversation! Please let us know in the comment section below how this activity goes for you.