The Dangers of Earned Money
Recently while listening to a financial author talk about money, he made the comment that he gives his children “pocket money” but they don’t earn that money. BUT, they do chores despite the fact that they earn money.
Many parents make the mistake of giving their children pocket money because they did chores and earned it. Subconsciously this reinforces the idea that they only work to earn money. So if the money was not there, they would not have to contribute and help the family out. This ideas runs opposite to how families are supposed to work and help each other.
So when something needs doing around the house and there is no financial incentive, nobody will do it. That is now how a family should be. Instead pocket money is given to provide the opportunity to learn how to handle money. Also, chores are done separately because children must learn how to contribute and help out a family that they belong to. Emphasis is placed on learning and having a good motivation through it all.
It’s also the same in church, and in the Kingdom of Heaven. God gives us good things not because we earn or deserve them either, but so that we might learn and grow.