Ron Blue: Why teach stewardship to children?

“I can think of four rewards for paying the price to live by faith and train children to be good stewards.

First of all, you can expect to stand before the Lord someday and receive a reward for what you have done…(Matthew 25:21)…

Second, you can expect them to be good stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to them. You can also expect to see your children train their children to manage financial resources in a godly and responsible manner.

Third, I believe that when you enter into this training process, you can expect to eliminate the conflict with children over money. That alone is sufficient reward for many parents to make this commitment.

Fourth, you can expect to see your children, even in their preteen years, begin to make sound financial decisions…Once they experience the rewards of discipline and wisdom, they will eagerly seek to make more good decisions.

Count the costs but the costs are nothing compared to the rewards. Your challenge is to commit by faith to pay the price to train your children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6).”

Ron Blue in Raising Money-Smart Kids: How to Teach Your Children the Secrets of Earning, Saving, Investing, and Spending Wisely (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1992) 35-36.

It has taken intentional effort for Jenni and me to teach stewardship to Sammy and Sophie. Today, it’s a blessing to watch them make good financial choices. They live on less than they make so they have resources for spending carefully while living and giving generously.

Blue emphasizes that we must give our kids freedom to fail in the growth process. We completely agree! When our children make mistakes, we must not hammer them, but lovingly ask what they learned in the process. When they make good decisions, we must affirm them with the same love.

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