Because our ministry is marriage-focused, we are introducing this new segment which will help parents intentionally work on their marriage while also being intentional in their parenting. This month we will focus on the principle of sharing.
As parents, we teach our kids, “Sharing is caring.” The Bible says, “do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” (Hebrews 13:16) and again, “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share “ (1 Timothy 6:18).
Naturally, children often do not want to share their toys, candy, etc with other children. Due to the fall of man, selfishness is a part of our original sin. Kids need to be taught why sharing is a good, Godly principle. It is one thing for parents to tell their children something, and another for the parents to consistently walk it out in their own lives. This is much more attractive for a child to follow.
Sharing with your spouse shows unity, mutual agreement, and reciprocated compassion and care for one another. A sharing mentality means that you share your bed, finances, possessions… You take turns with whose decision it is to pick dinner, have the remote, and choose a family game. You do not argue over whose turn or right it is to choose, instead willingly demonstrate how to share by how you act in your home. As parents, we can get used to yelling “SHARE” at our kids, but we can often forget the importance of it as adults. Don’t just tell your kids. Show them!