nickel & dimes
December 6, 2017

Money Isn't Everything

By: Makayla Carr [Christiansburg, VA]

Since I am 15, the only way I have been able to make money is by babysitting occasionally.

I often think about ways I could make more money. Sometimes I forget that money isn’t the most important thing.


“By working hard in this way we must help the weak, remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’”
Acts 20:35b (GNT)

When I was in the fifth grade, I went on a mission trip to Guatemala. The kids I met there had few possessions, but they were so happy. This memory still reminds me that I don’t need all the cool things everyone else has or that society tells me I need. Instead, I need to remember the importance of giving to others.


GIVE: Find a way to address poverty in your community, even if you don’t have much money:

  • Offer free babysitting services to a family in need.
  • Donate clothes to a local church or school that will distribute your gently used things.
  • Skip eating out, and donate to a local food pantry the money you would have spent.
  • For Christmas or your next birthday, ask friends and family to donate to a charity you’re passionate about helping instead of buying you gifts.

Kate Underwood [Richmond, KY]


Do Something

If your church or community supports affordable housing development in low-income neighborhoods, get involved. If not, consider proposing the idea.

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