You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
2 Corinthians 9:11
The word generous is defined as "giving MORE than what is necessary or expected". We have spent the last several weeks talking to our children about spreading the gospel with our spiritual gifts, about giving to those who are in need, and about managing our God-given talents well. This week, let's focus on doing MORE than what is expected of us-- and being generous.
God is very generous. Though he fills our cups with what we need, the most important thing that he gives us is an over abundance of love. Our children may not be able to fully grasp the concept of love because it is not a tangible item that they can visibly see, so let's spend this week teaching them through actions what being generous is like.
Activity: General Sherman
The General Sherman Tree is the tallest tree IN THE WORLD! It is located in Sequoia National Park in Three Rivers, CA. [Show children the picture and explain to them how big this tree actually is-- you are welcome for the dendrology lesson!]
This tree, though it is the tallest in the world, came from a seed just like any other tree or plant. When we give our offerings and talents, it is just like planting a seed. Your offering will always do good, and bless others abundantly. This is being generous!
If you so wish, the best time to plant a new plant is at the first frost-- which I feel is right around the corner. Have fun planting with your family this week and see things grow!