I try to set a positive example for my soon to be 8 year old daughter, Sydney.
I want her to be a kind and compassionate person. I try to reinforce what the Bible says about helping others:
"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."
"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others."
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven."
As hard as I try to instill these values in her, I wonder sometimes if she is listening. Does she understand what I am trying to teach her? Sydney goes to public school here in town and I hope that she is "salt & light" in her classroom.
For a St. Patrick's Day activity, Sydney's teacher had the children answer this writing prompt:
What would you do if you caught a leprechaun and he gave you a pot of gold?
This was Sydney's response:
If you have trouble reading second grade handwriting, she wrote
If I caught a leprechaun and he gave me a pot of gold, I will give things to people who need them. I will give toys and food to them. I will give them lots of things. I hope they like them. I will get new houses for them too. The houses will be very big. I hope that they will be very happy.
I would have guessed that she would have used the gold to buy toys and pets for herself. I was so excited to see that she thought of others instead of herself. Maybe she does listen to me sometimes!