I was in the car handing money to my children to give for a Church offering when my daughter objected, “Mommy, that’s MY money! I don’t want to give that to anyone!” I gently asked her, “Who owns everything?” She responded, “God, but that’s mine and I don’t want to share it! I love my money.”
I could feel my pride as a Mother and tension rise up within me. I had to remember, this is not about me. I humbled myself and God brought to my remembrance His Word:
“The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”2 Timothy 2:24-26
I said a prayer and asked for God’s wisdom and grace for this moment and to help me not to be quarrelsome with her but to correct her with gentleness. He reminded me how difficult it is for me to let go of things I call ‘mine.’ Empowered by His Holy Spirit I was able to speak to her with compassion:
“Baby girl, it’s not always easy for Mommy to give away things she wants to keep but we can pray and ask God for His help and He will help us. You said correctly ‘everything IS God’s’ and God gave you that money through Grandma and you can do what you want with it and I am not going to force you to do something you don’t want to do. However, I am going to pray for you, that God will soften your heart and give you the grace to give cheerfully.”
She just held onto the money tighter. That was the end of the conversation.
Five minutes later she bounced up to me and with a huge smile and whispered, “Guess what Mommy? I want to give my money to the orphans.” My soul sings out: To God be the glory!
Oh one more thing…immediately after my prayer for her heart was answered we walked into the sanctuary and the message was: “When you need help, God is with you” and the key verse:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
How kind of God to allow my daughter and I to walk out that truth together…