A few days ago I walked through the welcome center at our school. It was just minutes before we dismissed kids to class. As I walked through the crowd and talked to the students, I felt someone tugging my shirt. I turned around to find one of our first grade students holding out a five dollar bill. “Here,” he said, “I need to give this to you.” Thinking it was money to be turned into the office, I thanked him and turned and walked away.
While I walked, I tried to think what the five dollars would be for. Unable to figure it out, I went back to the student and asked, “Why did you give me this? What is the for?” He answered in a matter-of-fact way, “I just had five dollars in my wallet and thought they school could use it.”
As the words came out of his mouth, I felt a familiar sort of conviction. For It was not all that long ago when my daughter asked, “Dad, how much would it cost to build a new building?” “At least a million dollars,” I responded. Without blinking she asked, “If I go get all my money, can we start building?”
I think part of the reason Jesus loved children was their simple trust and willingness to obey. These two students have learned a lesson from Jesus that I tend to forget. After all, Jesus is the one who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
What a privilege it is to watch childlike faith grow. I sincerely hope the lessons are not lost on me. I pray today that we will remember that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive and grow in joyous generosity.