We all need a little change.
Change keeps us on our toes.
Change chases away monotony.
Change helps avoid apathy.
And change can help our hearts grow.
Last Christmas, we started a tradition with the boys for the season – the “Change” jar.
We pick a charity we’re giving to and all the change goes in the jar. And with each piece of money deposited into the jar (instead of taken to Target and spent), I pray it changes our family.
We all participate in this, but the kids especially love to watch the money grow.
Take a mason jar or any see-through jar and make a label. Kids love to help decorate the jar.
As for the charity organization, we love Samaritan’s Purse. We get the catalog every year and the boys can go through it like the toy catalogs picking their favorites…only this will change people’s lives. It’s really powerful for the boys to see kids their age in this book (download it for FREE here!) and know that these are REAL people we’re helping.
You should have seen the look on our 7-year-old’s face when he found out there were babies in the world without food – not to mention the humility I felt when I realized we could feed a baby or nursing mother for a week with what I spend on buying each boy a Lego minifigure (that’s only $9 for those of you who are not Lego fans…)
Let that sink in.
I didn’t put it in the picture, but it’s a great idea to cut or print out your goal and stick it in the jar to keep you focused.