I wanted them to enjoy the day, but more than that I didn’t want them to waste the day. There’s a fine line, you know.
And I believe the Lord gave me a beautiful assignment for them. It was simple but meaningful.
- Do something to honor your mom and dad.
- Do something to bless your sibling(s).
- Do something as an act of kindness to someone outside of our home.
- Do something for your own A) mind, B) body, C) soul.
Now, my kids are old enough to “get” this. You know your kids and their capabilities. For very young kids, you can still do this, it would probably just need to be supervised and directly encouraged.honor
But here’s the point. It was a gift… to them! They got the joy that comes from doing something meaningful. They received the blessing of fruitfulness! They blessed others and in the process received a blessing.
And as I was debriefing with them at the end of the day, it occurred to me how wonderful it would be to live this way every day. To live intentionally thinking of others first, and still building up your own mind, body and soul. It sounds life-giving doesn’t it?
So, will you take the challenge? Will you try it with your kids?
Do it! And share what happens in the comments below.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Do everything in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark, Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training