Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:6-7)
A child learns much from the words of a parent. However that child learns more from the actions of that parent.
One of the lessons children learn is money management. Christmas is upon us; it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ by imitating God, the Father. We imitate the act that God gave us Jesus by giving our best to others.
Yet at this festive season some parents are teaching their children to misuse money by going in debt. My parents were poor. We didn’t get the latest toy or the newest sneakers. We got hand – me – down bikes and clothes for school.
As I reflect on this I realize that my parents could have gone in debt to give us things but they didn’t; they gave us presence. When we awakened both were there to start off Christmas morning with us. Heck, dad would even sing with us. Christmas was a happy morning.
My parents were teaching us to live within our means and enjoy each others company. That’s what Christmas is about because there’s hope, peace, joy, and love among family. More than anything else Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were family. No room in the inn but hope, peace, joy, and love in their hearts.
Spend time with your family this year and enjoy each others presence more than the gifts. For Christmas means Emanuel which is “God with us.”