For I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past — stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about His power and His mighty wonders. Psalm 78:2-4
“So, thanks to Amish parents modeling their money mentoring, I launched the six-pronged De-spoiling plan with my kids.
1. Teach them contentment with what they already have. 2. Show them how to hunt out savings and freebies. 3. Help them distinguish between wants and needs. 4. Say no with some regularity. 5. Encourage delayed gratification. 6. Teach them that hard work won’t kill them, and is probably really, really good for them.”
Lorilee Craker in Money Secrets of the Amish: Finding True Abundance in Simplicity, Sharing, and Saving (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011) 103.
The world bombards children with messages about materialism and consumerism. Alternatively, we discover “hidden truths” when we practically apply what God’s Word teaches.
As I continue to interact with my Northern Seminary students and reflect on our time together, I recall that most of them testified that their parents did not teach them much about the handling of money.
Parents, we must model and teach our children how to relate to money! Craker adds other helpful maxims in this book that she learned from the Amish, such as, “Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without.”
We must de-spoil our children because the world spoils them daily. Society dumps lies into their heads. De-spoil them to help them live a life of simplicity, sharing, and saving, and so they avoid discontentment, debt, and disaster!
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