Do you talk to your class about money? Have you taught on the importance of giving? Do you yourself desire to be generous? Proverbs 11:24 states it well, "There are those who generously scatter abroad, and yet increase more; there are those who withhold more than is fitting, but it results only in want." We are called to be generous. The promise attached to generosity is increase! Who wouldn't want that?
But I've noticed a problem... depending on which statistic you read, between 50-75% of Americans live from paycheck to paycheck. The statistics on debt are astounding, too. Being caught up in this "average American" cycle hardly lends itself to the generous lifestyle to whom many aspire.
That's why I wrote 52 Money Lessons. I don't want the children I minister to or my future children to view money as the world does. For example, "Everyone has school loans." I want them to have a Biblical view of money. There are over 800 scriptures with wisdom and instruction for handling money. I narrowed it down to three categories I find of great importance; stewardship, contentment & generosity.
Stewardship is at the core of handling money well. Psalm 24:1 says, "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it!" It's all His. The sooner we grasp the truth that He is the owner and we are managers of what He gives us, the better!
When I read 1 Timothy 6:6, "Godliness with contentment is great gain," I asked myself if the opposite is true? Would discontentment lead to great loss? I believe so. That's why I include lessons on practicing contentment in this book.
Finally, generosity. It's true that we are blessed to be a blessing. God uses people to accomplish His work on earth. Could He rain U.S. dollars from heaven? Sure, but that's not how He funds His work on earth. He does it through us. So it's absolutely important for us to have money and listen to what God wants us to do with it!
I truly believe if we teach these truths to people when they're young, it can change the course of their financial life!