Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
How I desire for my children to give to God first! Their life, time and money is not theirs. God has the right to all of it, but many times He just asks that we give it first to Him. Recently we have started giving them a small allowance so that we can teach them to give of their money first to God, then they can spend some. When they finally earned $1.25, they tithed first ($ .25), then they went to the dollar store. This was the first time that they have had money to spend and they had a hard time deciding. Anna chose the butterfly wings. That day, a man came up to them and gave each of the kids $1. Anna immediately started talking about how she was going to give to God first. Then on Wednesday, a Pastor gave her another $1! In just one week, God had tripled their money! They tithed off of that, then because Anna is so excited about giving to God, that Sunday night she gave one of her dollars! As I leaned down to kiss her head she whispered "I gave one of my dollars to Jesus, mommy. But I still have one left to spend." Would I be willing to give 50% of a gift to God? Isn't it funny how God uses child training and children to "train" and convict us?