We have been grappling with how we are able to teach our children what it means to have faith. Sure we talk about it, but it is true that much more is caught rather than taught. With children the answer to this comes in some concrete way. They see it and they do it. They just don’t have the baggage adults do. We so easily doubt and belittle things while children cheerfully believe and give.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
Our church burned down in November. As a result, we are thinking a lot about what the new building should be and how we are going to raise the funds needed to pay for it. For obvious reasons debt is a burden we really don’t want to carry. This means sacrifice and creativity in fundraising. It also takes faith on our part. We know God is faithful, it is the rest of us who struggle at times.
This weekend one of our neighbors was out doing some yard work. The house is actually a rental and they were getting it ready for the season. My two oldest boys went over to ask if they needed help. Yes, the irony is they won’t do work around our house but will cheerfully help other people. At any rate, they ended up getting an hour of work the next day with an offer to even earn a little money. Here was a chance to show this faith thing in action in a concrete way. As is expected, they could not wait to go work over there after school and they told the whole story. My kids are not shy. An hour later they came home with $20 for the church building fund and $5 each to spend. That might not seem like much when you need to raise thousands of dollars, but God doesn’t need much money. It is about faith not about the cash.
I thank God for simple lessons like that and how willingly my boys gave that money away. I pray that the lesson lasts and they see that the amount is not the issue when you have a God without limits.