10 Things Parents Should Teach Their Children

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  1. Teach them to trust God. That God is interested in their success.

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:” – Psalms 37:3-5 NIV

2. Teach your children how to earn a living. If you don’t teach them how to earn a living, you are teaching them how to steal.

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” – Genesis 2:15 NIV

“You shall not steal.” – Exodus 20:15 NIV

“If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.”- 1 Peter 4:15 NIV

“In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:6-12 NIV

3. Teach your children that honesty is the only policy they should live by. Dishonesty always catches up 

“ ‘Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity. Use honest scales and honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt.” – Leviticus 19:35-36 NIV

“You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. For the Lord your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.” – Deuteronomy 25:15-16 NIV

“God cares about honesty in the workplace; your business is his business.” – Proverbs 16:11 MSG

4. Teach them how money work. Have a positive relationship with money. Money is a good tool for building families, institutions, etc. Teach them never to be a slave to money.

 In order to make money, you need courage.

“You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.” – Matthew 6:24 MSG

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24 NIV

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-12 NIV

5. Teach them to be committed to the well-being of their family and their community. Give more to charity. They learn to be committed to charity. This propels their desire to give more.

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17 NIV

“It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor, but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.” – Proverbs 14:21 NIV

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” – Proverbs 19:17 NIV

6. Teach them to give at least 10% of their earnings to God.

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” – Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

7. It’s God’s pleasure that you own a business enterprise. 

“But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” – Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV

8. Life is a seed. Don’t do to people what you wouldn’t want to be done to you. 

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” – Galatians 6:7 NIV

9. Have multiple streams of income. 

“Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” – Ecclesiastes 11:1-2, 6 NIV                         

The Jews teach their children to Keep 33.3% of their money in cash, real estate, and inventory 

10. Take one day off work every week.  

“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.” – Exodus 34:21 NIV. 

 “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” Hebrews 4:1, 4 NIV