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Back to School: Play Fair and Share

"I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance." (2 Corinthians 8:13-14)

sharing an appleAs your family prepares for a new school year, remember those less fortunate. While shopping with your children, buy extra school supplies and backpacks for children whose families are experiencing difficult economic times. Many churches hold school supply drives as summer ends. Ask your school counselor about the best way to help needy students in your area.

All children love to wear new clothes on the first day of school. If your budget allows, as your child selects his or her new clothes, purchase a duplicate set to give away. If finances are tight, donate last year's outgrown clothes and shoes to charity. They will be a welcome addition to a needy child's wardrobe.

Questions for Discussion

  • Is it fair to give to others in need? Why?
  • Why do we get excited about new clothes and school supplies?
  • Is God more important to us than the good things he gives us?

Linda Holland is from Helena, Alabama.

Originally posted in 2003.

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