Kyle in Texas has a 13-year-old son who wants to give half of his birthday money to the nursery at church. Should he let his son give the money or limit it to 25%?
QUESTION: Kyle in Texas has a 13-year-old son who wants to give half of his birthday money to the nursery at church. Should he let his son give the money or limit it to 25%? Dave advises gently using Scripture to recommend balancing Kyle’s son’s giving.
ANSWER: Very gently, without any control verbiage in your conversation, use Scripture. There are several things we need to learn about money from God’s Word. Giving is one of them. There is a verse that says we need to take care of our own household first or we’re worse than an unbeliever. Another one says in the house of the wise are stores of food and oil. Wise people save money. Another one says God loves a cheerful giver.
We need to do all of these things with money in balance. Learning to decide prayerfully what your giving amount is so that you don’t destroy your ability to do the other things that money is there for is what we’re trying to lead him toward. After he learns a couple of scriptures like that, then ask him to wait at least 72 hours and spend some time in prayer. If he comes back and says he wants to give half of it, I would encourage him to do so. But slow him down and make sure this isn’t an impulse based on the amount. You need to be a wise giver, not an impulsive giver. The Bible says, “He who is impulsive exalts folly.” “Folly” is the verb for fool in action.