Monday, March 2, 2009

Spares Living

©Millie McNabb

When my husband and I started married life together, we decided to run our household on the “spares” concept. That is, we would have a spare container of the goods we used regularly. When we started to use the spare, we’d restock it, rather than running out of anything and having to make a panic run to the store.

This was my husband’s idea. By temperament, he is much more of a planner and strategist than I am. I am much more willing to go without or have an unplanned adventure to the store. However, the “spares living” has served us well over the years.

Jesus taught this concept in the Matthew 25 about the virgins and the lamp oil. “…but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:4) The women who failed to bring extra oil missed out on the party. We don’t know what lies ahead, but insofar as we are able, we need to prepare.

There are several practical “preparedness” lessons we teach our children, that we can use to illustrate this biblical principle:
- Go to the bathroom before going on a trip.
- Get a drink of water before going to bed.
- Chores and homework before partying.

What practical applications can you tie to that verse?

God bless….

Millie McNabb, founder of Christian Values Legacy, offers parenting seminars that focus on passing on your Christian values. Request your free report “Considerations for Intentionally Raising Children to Become Christian Adults” today at

1 comment:

Trixie Lovelace said...

I think that teaching our children to cope with the world and it's temptations. We can't send them out into the world without preparing them for the peer pressure that they are sure to face. We need to teach them to say "no" to things that are wrong, things that go again what God's word teaches. Just a little side note here: My mother always told me,"If you have to say that your mother would kill you if she ever caught you doing it, chances are, your right!"