The last few years have created a lot of financial anxiety and uncertainty—for families, communities, and our country as a whole. Many of us may have felt that financial stress in our communities or known a friend or relative who had to find a new job.
Share the following article with your students. As they read through the list, encourage them to take notes on ideas that resonate with them.
20 Ways to Be Kind Without Spending a Dime
- This list isn’t just for kids—it’s a good reminder for everyone. What are three ideas that are particularly suited to someone your age? (Answers will vary, but listening, prayer, smiling, and helping are all ways that your students can show generosity and kindness.)
- What are some stories you’ve heard in the past month that illustrated generosity? (Be ready to share not only national or global stories, but also local philanthropy.)
- A believer in Jesus has different motivation for helping others. It’s not just about “the human spirit” or feeling good about ourselves. What is the difference? (Christians are not only commanded to give generously, but they are reflecting the grace and character of their Savior.)
- Most people will give something if there’s a promise of reward or recognition. For example, someone might try to sell the most tickets to a charity event in order to earn first place in a contest. Why should we give even if there’s no payback? (The quiet, anonymous giver is best positioned to throw the glory back to God rather than take it for himself.)
Giving generously is an unnatural act in a selfish, pleasure-seeking world. It’s important to study God’s perspective on money and possessions instead of following the crowd.