I was watching a news show a little while back and they were interviewing Bill Gates, (the richest man in the world). He and his wife have given a sizable portion of their wealth (billions and billions) to the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. They are doing work around the world to help many poor people. He made an interesting comment when he was talking, about giving money to children. He spoke about "giving money to their detriment." A wise observation about the situation. Giving money too freely can do great harm to children and adults alike. When people given too much they can become spoiled brats. They can begin to feel that life and society owes them these blessings. One can soon become accustomed to taking the free handouts, and expect that it should always be done. Folks can lose any incitive to work and provide for themselves. Our politicians have so misguidingly given too freely through welfare, to multitudes of people, that these have made it a way of life. What was intended to be a temporary crutch when bad times befell a person or family, people have been given money to their detriment. Paul said, "For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat." 2 Thess.3:10. When people do wrong, how many times people give to their detriment. When did the prodigal wake up? When he was feeding swine? No. In Luke 15:16-17, "And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!" The boy woke up when it says that "no man gave unto him." As long as people give and give to one in sin, it only facilitates, helps them in sin. This is giving to the detriment of a person. Consider in Proverbs 19:19, "A hot-tempered man must pay the penalty; if you rescue him, you will have to do it again." Giving to someone in this circumstances, is detrimental to their well being. Children sometimes need to learn the hard way, if telling them don't work. Be ready to give and help others, but don't give to their detriment.