So much has happened in the last three years—in both our country and the world. Between the pandemic, inflation, and increased levels of unemployment, there’s a new level of financial anxiety around the world, and many of us can feel the stress in our communities. Some of you may be out of work at part-time jobs, have a family member who is out of work, or a relative with extraordinary medical bills. Being generous in times like these may seem impossible. But there are lots of ways to be generous that don’t cost money.
Share the following article with your teens. 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
- What are three ideas that caught your eye as something you could be involved in? (Answers will vary.)
- What are some stories you’ve heard in the past month that illustrated generosity? (The last three years have sparked much anxiety, but they’ve also sparked a lot of goodness. 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.