My husband likes to read financial books and websites. He likes consulting with financial gurus. In our home, he’s the one who handles the budget, because he’s simply better at it. Year after year, we have made adjustments in our budgeting and I believe we are better at it now compared to when we first started.

We have learned a lot about saving, investing and living below our means from all the financial advice we’ve heard. But there is one principle that we’ve both learned from our parents that is not normally mentioned in “How to Get Rich” articles.

It is found in Proverbs 11:24 One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

We want to raise our children to be generous. We want them to give freely when there is a need, or even when there is none, but just so they can be a blessing to others. I remember years ago, on a plane to the US, Janina wrote a card to the pilot and put a dollar bill in it from her allowance, saying that the pilot has been working hard to bring us all safely to the States.   I also remember a time when we were in the car, and Ryan saw a street child without slippers, and he removed his slippers to give them to the boy. Nathan, too, many years ago, decided to give his Play Station to a friend. During the typhoon Ondoy, they all cleaned out their closets to give clothes to the flood victims. There are times when it’s effortless for them to give, there are times too when they withhold and need a little prodding from us.

A few months ago, our kids decided to pool their savings and sponsor a feeding program of the Real Life Foundation. We scheduled it last Saturday at the Real Life Center in Pasig with our family and friends who volunteered to help.

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Giving is an exercise of the heart. Not only will our kids learn to love people more, but their faith will be strengthened as they see God providing for their needs and beyond.

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

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