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So much of our society at large still seems to focus on the ‘almighty ME’..as in what’s in it for ME and what will I get for my efforts. Hmmm…that sounds almost like what my boys will sometimes ask with their childish views on life.
That is not to say there are no people out there doing their best to imitate Christ’s life. I have some friends and family members that take time to volunteer or donate money to charities to help those less fortunate. Others make a point of treating all they encounter the way Christ would have. You can be inspired (or maybe feel like you are not doing enough) by watching shows like 19 Kids and Counting with several ways of having a servant heart being showcased.
Even within your family ‘unit’, there are opportunities to serve each other and treat each other with respect. The family is the primary “training ground” for children. It is the place where we learn how to treat others. Sometimes, I think it is also a more challenging place to live out the life God calls us to live. After all, knowing each other well and being in close proximity more often means that you also know what can irritate that individual and push their buttons.
As a mother, there are days when I can feel unappreciated. It’s not that the kids will never appreciate the sacrifices I and my husband make for them. It is just that they are not old enough to truly appreciate it. That’s because most of them are still immature enough to have the focus on them. (Although, I should add that the boys do help others … it’s just usually outside of the home when it happens.)
My response is that I want to share about a recent homeschool support group meeting where our ‘game’ for the night was more about building up the other parents than anything else.
Each of us had a bright orange sheet of paper placed on our backs. As we went around chatting with other attendees, we were to write something that described the individual. It could be an impression of them for that evening, or something we see in that individual from all of our previous encounters. After everyone had written on all the other mom’s backs, we introduced our ‘neighbor’ and read what was written on their paper.
Here’s what was written on mine:
(In case you can’t read from the picture: knowledgeable, wise, beautiful smile, smart, caring, calm&thoughtful, can’t believe all you manage to accomplish & stay so relaxed!, patient, source of wisdom, knowledgeable and supportive)
I think everyone left that night with a glow as others helped to showcase the positive in us.
I didn’t snap photos at the meeting, but here’s a few photos showing a few of these lovely ladies in our co-op nursery area.