"That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate" (1 Timothy 6:18).
The yelling echoed off the walls of our schoolroom for the last time that day. All three of my homeschool students were being sent to different corners for another timeout. I shook my head as I walked away and wondered, "Why is sharing so difficult for young children? They are always worried about getting their ‘fair share' of everything!" The new art supplies we had purchased were an enticement to selfishness, but certainly not worth the name-calling and fighting I had been hearing. Today was another opportunity to help my children understand that God gives us everything we need. We can afford to share with others.
Christ is our best example in teaching sharing. Philippians 2:3-8 says, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." Christ gave up everything to come to Earth to suffer and take your place for the punishment of your sins. He is the One who willingly shared His life, so you could receive the forgiveness of sin and eternal life. According to Hebrews 12:10, we even can share in His holiness because of the sacrifice He gave in dying on the cross.
Has your house been experiencing the "It's mine" syndrome? Don't allow this attitude to take root in the heart of your child or yourself. Remember, everything we have has been given to us by the Lord. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17a).
Father, I know how selfish I can be. You are the One who has blessed me with everything, and I am not my own. Help me to acknowledge my dependence on You and share all that I am with others today. In Jesus' name, Amen.