One promise I have made to myself is never go by a Salavation Army bell ringer without contributing. I figure this is the least I can do. My family has been so blessed. We have a nice home, food and warm clothes. I have tried to instill in my children that they are so blessed even if they don’t have the latest gadgets. Success in life is not determined by the people with the coolest gadgets but by the people of character. David Ramsey often quotes in the Bible where it states “To whom much is given, much is asked.” If you want God to grant you more blessings than you need to take the time to acknowledge the good in your life and be thankful. At a summer camp my boys attend they say “gratitude is attitude!” I often have to stop myself and ask if my attitude is reflecting the same gratitude I feel or should feel in my heart.
I make my children now put the money in the can of the Salvation Army bell ringers because I want them to feel the satisfaction of helping others. I have clearly communicated the promise of donating to each bell ringers to them so they can hold me accountable too. If you are a parent, this holiday season may be a time to reflect what lessons for life are you instilling in your kids and what lessons where instilled in you and how. This year my kids are getting a few shares of stocks instead of an xbox because I know next year that gift will be more valuable than an xbox. I am going to buy them stock in Disney or Pixar so they can relate to it but it is becoming a learning vehicle now.