G: Gain Honestly

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The LORD detests dishonest scales, but accurate weights find favor with him.

Proverbs 11:1 

Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Proverbs 13:11

Gaining is a necessary part of life. Our bodies live off the intake of food and the protection of clothing and shelter. We gain things, favor, stature, friendships, responsibilities, knowledge, and the money necessary for trade in civilization. God created us to be industrious, hard-working, energy-burning beings. And He created the moral law which favors honest gain. Chapters 6, 11, and 12 of Proverbs reveal valuable principles about gain: deceitful gain breeds disaster, kindness gains honor, generosity leads to gain, fantasy-chasing does not produce gain, and hard work is gainfully rewarding. Add to that 11:1, “The LORD detests dishonest scales,” and 21:6, “a fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.” In contrast to our “F” principle, this plan teaches honest, necessary gain. This principle will be a great lesson for your children who love to trade toys, games, and favors. It emphasizes honesty in all they say and do.

For help in teaching this “G” principle to your kids, try the ideas in my book Proverbial Kids® Lesson Plans for Parents. See how Leo’s talent-discovery opens his eyes to the benefits of honest, hard work in Lazy Leo’s Totally Untapped Talent. Also featuring this theme is Honest Oliver’s Terribly Tempting Opportunity. Print this “Draw-It-Yourself” story from the PK Short Stories page, and guide your kids to draw the suggested illustrations and discover how Oliver handles the temptation to be dishonest.


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