I had fun visiting with a fifth grade boy at church last night. I asked my husband for a dollar. That got this boy’s attention. He said, “I love dollars!”
“Do you know what the Bible says about loving money?” I asked him.
“What?” he responded.
“The Bible says the love of money is the root of all evil.” (I Timothy 6:10)
He thought a minute. Then said, “I LIKE dollars!”
Here again I love the honesty of children. How many adults, I wonder, feel the same way even though they would never admit it…
Oh, most people do today. Christian, non-Christian, pretty much everyone loves money – one just has to look around to see how its spent! I think the love of money is a fight we all need to fight constantly, and only when we conquer it more often than not can we say we have learnt how to love. But I hear a sermon coming on, so I’ll stop there…
Wow! Smart boy for thinking that through so quickly! What a wonderful teaching opportunity!
Answer to Robin: I don’t love money–I just love to go shopping.
Elizabeth Grimes says
Shanae Branham says
I think that boy was really astute. He recognized what you said to be truth and made a quick decision that love meant “worshiped money” and decided to tone it done. I think that “like” tones it down a notch so that he does not place it above God. I believe that it is not money that is evil, but what the “love of money” does to people. Money brings with it opportunity as long as our desire for it does not change our priorities nor our integrity nor place it above our love of God and our fellow men.
Renee Ann says
What a cutie . . .
That is a cute story Esther. It is amazing the opportunities we miss to teach children. You have a great way of pointing out the obvious lessons in life that even we as adults could learn from.
I featured your blog this week as A Shining Blog. Thank you for the laughs, and making me feel I am not alone in this klutzy, crazy, sidetracked life.
So, why did you ask for a dollar? Did you give it to the boy? I’m such a pest. 🙂
Money is essential for us but to love it is totally wrong, it’s when we love money that we fall in error. We seek after higher jobs in order to make more money only to loose sight of the time with our family and God.
kelli zaniel says
So cute!! The responses of children are so sweet yet profound!:)
Very smart little boy! I love the way you bring lessons to the child’s level and give them the opportunity to understand them!
Skyler Ashley says
Hahaha! That’s good. Reminds me of a quote from a movie about being positive in a bad situation. “Okay, fine. I’m POSITIVE this is going to turn out badly.” Oh, how words can be so easily manipulated. <3 That's cute, though. Kids say the cutest things. lol
So true! We’ve just learned to say it only in our heads 🙂 Ah… but we can’t hide that thought from the One that really counts now can we?!
HA! I love that! I posted on this topic on my blog a while ago, because it just causes so many problems for some people when they don’t understand that money isn’t the key to happiness!
Kids are so funny. At least he was aware of not wanting to “love” money!
Warren Baldwin says
I love the honesty of kids … and their quick wit! Neat post.
We can learn a lot from kids can’t we?!?
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