Every Roll Wins!

It’s a coffee drinker’s favourite time of year – Roll up the Rim to Win! That is, if you’re not too snobby for Timmy’s coffee. I love it even though I seem to have a knack for helping my friends win as more than I win. This year, they’ve switched to digital rim rolls. Now I know that it’s different and many people like the way it used to be, but honestly, this switch was inevitable and I like the rewards. 
Rewards are powerful motivators. That’s why virtually every large company has some sort of reward system. Do you have rewards in your home? Would you reward your spouse or kids for doing regular tasks or their extraordinary effort?

Would you reward your kids for reading or memorizing the Bible?

I remember talking to a mom named Darcy about 12 years ago. She rewarded her kids with $1 for each verse they memorized. 
This can be a wise investment. Giving monetary value to what we eternally value. 
Some families choose not to reward their children for, what can be, regular Christian living and discipleship.
If you were to reward your kids financially as they invest in their spiritual growth, there’s some suggestions:
1) Pray
2) Be willing to follow through
3) Think about what motivates your kids – some kids like money, others like candy
4) Set a good example – this may be the most important key to making any reading or memory plan work.
5) Be strategic. Find or create a Bible Verse Chart. Use a Bible Reading Plan or choose a Bible at their Reading level
6) Talk about what they’ve read: “Tell me about what you’ve read.” “What did you learn about God?” “Who did you read about today?” Reading along with them will help you discuss with your family.
In our house, using rewards has inspired my oldest son to read all of The Story NIV, 450 pages, in less than two months. I know Christian adults that haven’t opened their Bibles in 2 months. My other son loves candy, so he’s willing to memorize Psalm 23 for $2 in candy. 
I also have a habit of taking my boys for a “coffee break” or “daddy day” once a month, one-on-one, and we will discuss our Bible reading and memory verses while we enjoy each other’s company.
To me, these are valuable investments in our families spiritual development. How do you encourage your kids to read their Bibles and memorize the Word of God? Let me know, email me: tylerlhac@hotmail.com 
Psalm 119:11 – I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Deuteronomy 6
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.a] Love the Lordyour God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
The Story for Kids – selections from the NIrV
The Story – selections from the NIV


Switch it Up

After Christmas, my boys seem quite motivated to save up their money to buy a Nintendo Switch. Jari has been trying to do some extra chores and memorize a few extra Bible verses so he can save.
They’ve also been to a few birthday parties in which the birthday boys just ask for money consistent with their age. So turning 9 would equal $9 per friend X 10 friends = $90.
While we were walking to the bus stop today, we had quite the interesting conversation about potential birthday money and how it relates to our memory verse of the day.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops” Proverbs 3:9
So we discussed, “If you received $90 from your birthday, how would we honour the Lord with our wealth?”
One response was, “If I have any money left over from buying the Switch, I could donate it to missions or the church.”
To which I responded, “But what’s the second part of the verse? It says, ‘first fruits.’ Think about that and we’ll talk later.”
We didn’t have time to finish the conversation, but I really look forward to discussing this more.
I’m thankful for this verse and the opportunity it opens for us to discuss our finances, giving generously and worshipping the Lord with all our heart.