We all enter this world crying at the top of our lungs for our mother’s milk. Born with demands, we’re hardwired to get our needs met so that we can survive. However, as we grow and develop our consciousness, God calls upon each of us to become less selfish and become more selfless.
In Hebrews 13:16, the word tells us, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” (NIV)
While children may not have the same resources or freedom as adults, there is plenty that they can do to show the love of Christ by sharing or doing good toward their peers. While we have previously touched on other target areas of self-improvement, such as the importance of honesty and unlocking the key to kindness; here are three simple ways that young students can practice sacrificing for others.
Share a Bite
Breaking bread with someone has a longstanding tradition in bringing people together through fellowship. You can encourage your son or daughter to share their turkey sandwich or place an extra cookie in their lunchbox intended for sharing. They can share with a friend, or you can challenge them to share with someone they might not know as well. Perhaps they can share it with someone who looks sad or in need of some comfort. Whether your child wants to grow up to be an astronaut or a personal injury attorney, having your kids interact with other children in a positive, well-organized manner can greatly help them “discover” who they are while growing up.
Kids Teaching Kids
If your child is especially great in a particular subject, like math for example, this is a gift. It provides them with an opportunity to help students who aren’t as strong in that subject. Encourage your child to reach out to struggling students. They can quietly say to the student, “I think I can help you understand this formula, do you want to try with me?”
Taking the time to do this is a great way to build character.
Lend a Helping Hand
When it’s time to clean up—whether that be put away toys, fold laundry or wash dishes, many kids zone out and leave it to the adults. That’s why it’s greatly appreciated when a child looks outside of their own desires. Your child should embrace helping a teacher organize chairs, or helping adults clear the table after a large meal. This will teach your child the value of lightening the burdens of others.
These kinds of habits will help your children tap into selflessness, and demonstrate love. For ideas on doing good works as a family, check out this awesome family guide to helping others.
These are the kinds of principles taught at CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes, a faith based Christian Las Vegas school with small classrooms and Christian values. If you are looking for Christian schools in Las Vegas or private schools in Las Vegas, please contact CornerStone Christian Academy & Tykes at (702) 939-5050.