Learning Generosity From Little Hearts

One of the things I’ve discovered as a mom is that my kids have a lot to teach me. Anyone who spends time around young children can probably tell you how fascinating it is how they see the world. I’m consistently impressed by their perceptions and the way they want to solve problems.

About a week ago, I was driving home with my kids from swimming lessons and we made a pit-stop at Chick-Fil-A. The “toy” was a measuring cup, which came with a little recipe for a snack mix. My kids were very excited about it. I told my kids to make sure to eat their food. We struggle with waste, as our kids frequently don’t finish their food or will take a bite or two out of their meals and then be done. Anyway, I explained to them how lucky they are and how there are many people who don’t have food.

My oldest daughter listened to my words and ate her food.

When we arrived at home, I put the youngest kids to nap. After I came down, I found my daughter took it upon herself to try to do what she could to solve the problem for people who don’t have food. She made this:

It’s a box. For “the neighbors who don’t have no food”.

She took the Chick-Fil-A recipe card, followed it as best she could, and then prepared it for them.

And then she left it outside in the box (I took it out for the picture).

Folks…I was BLOWN AWAY. My daughter heard about a problem, realized she wanted to do something to help, found or made the resources to do it, and then did it. No waffling on the hows. No letting the minor obstacles of distribution get in her way.

It was such a lesson for me. Not only about her generous heart, but also how we often talk a much bigger talk than we are willing to put time and effort into. I might preach to her about the problem of hunger–she heard my words and wanted to do something to fix it. So just when I thought I should get a pat on the back for teaching my kids about not wasting food, it turns out that it’s my kids who are able to teach me that I should be doing more to help.

Learn from those little, generous hearts. There’s a wisdom there that doesn’t come from age, but from innocence.