Sunday, June 10, 2018

Generosity lessons from my five-year-old

I’ve been reading and adoring Raising WorldChangers in a Changing World and thought it would be fun to interview my son about life today, mostly inspired by the interview questions she’s asked of her children in the book. I so highly recommend this book! I am constantly thinking about the massive multitude of needs in the world (and of the very sad fact that the richest 1/3 of the world has more than enough money to complete eradicate the poverty in the poorest 2/3) and want my children to grow up fully aware… and to grow up believing that it is their duty, their God-given duty, to make a difference. I do not care if this means they pick one charity and stick with it, spend their entire lives helping one single family in Guatemala, hop from charity to charity, travel on missions trips, start a fund of their own… I don’t care how they do it, I just care that they do! The author, Kristen Welch, is a very obvious believer in the same things and it has been wonderfully affirming to read this book, but also encouraging and inspiring. I also really adore something she said that affirmed some of the more “light-hearted” charitable contributions we have been talking about lately: “What we choose to give is not as important as our motive for giving it. If we give with good and generous hearts we will give our best. And God honors that.” 

Let me know if you read it! Now… the interview:

What do you think is the most important thing in life? Hmmm… saying sorry.
What do you think is more important, speaking with kindness or being generous? Speaking with kindness.
How old do you think a person is when they are all done growing up? Ummmm, 50.
Do you think it is hard or easy to be a good person? Easy.
What is the kindest thing you have ever done? Giving [our neighbor] cookies when it was snowing.
What should everyone do every day to make the world a better place? Make things for other people.

Also, for fun, something he said to his sisters this morning when I said they needed to clean up our wreck of a living room: “Come on, girls! The less-more we clean up, the less-more we get to play!”
(He’s not wrong)

*I received a free copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange for my completely honest review

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