Give It Away
I loved showing my children “Signing Time” when they were growing up. I loved using the few ASL signs I learned to help my young ones communicate–especially during church when I was trying to teach them reverence! 😄 Someday I still dream of learning ASL so that I can communicate with those who speak it every day.
I saw this song today and loved its message: give it away. There is so much joy for a child to learn to feel when they give. I was so touched recently when we had an opportunity to give a way a bed to a friend in need, and then my daughter went into her closet and got a dress for this friend. Truly, it is better to give than to receive.
I think the best way to help a child learn to give is to provide them with opportunities. One way we’ve given our children an opportunity to give is by asking them to clean out their closets of toys and clothing before Christmas in order to share their belongings, or when they receive an item for their birthday, to choose an old one to give away (unless they need it) that their gift replaces. I love the scripture that teaches this principle:
And if any man shall give unto any of you a coat, or a suit, take the old and cast it unto the poor, and go on your way rejoicing. (Doctrine & Covenants 84:105)
I am not perfect in this, but when I have applied this principle, it has helped me to keep me from accumulating as quickly and helped keep my heart softer.