Its the start to a new year and change is in the air! This is the time of year that everyone's best intentions are on full display. Even my son's elementary school is getting in on the action. Each of the almost 400 students had to answer about five specific questions about themselves with an eye toward personal improvement. This got me thinking, why not do the same around my home?
I'm sure you've seen how many churches, organizations and even individuals will choose a specific theme or trait for the year upon which they'd like to focus. This is what we're doing in our home. So we've decided on a theme for the year. Something we all (parents included) need to be working on anyway. What is our trait/theme that we've decided to work on? Gratitude!!
So step one, after deciding on the theme (get your kids involved in this part), is making sure both of our young kids fully understand what this is. Step two was to find a memory verse that would be the basis of our focus for the year. (Ours is 1 Thessalonians 5:18: "Give thanks in all things, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.") Step three is to help them see how they get to show and experience gratitude day to day. This one is an on-going, throughout the year type process. The final step (another on-going through out the year type thing), is to hold each other accountable for living this gratitude out. If your kids are anything like mine, this will probably be their favorite!
There are so many aspects to this type of activity that are great learning tools for our kids! We've got prayerfully considering a decision together as a family. You've got scripture memorization. This has become a favorite of mine. As I get older I recognize the benefit of having scripture at the ready in my head/ heart. You also have the application of scripture lived out in real life. And last but not least, we've got the accountability piece of living in a village. As the Lord's church, this is part of our job description. One of the benefits of the local church is the fact that each of us has folks that we see on a least a weekly basis who can speak life into us and call us out when we're messing up.
I'll check back in with you guys over the next couple months so you can see our progress attempting to live out gratitude in our lives. I'd love to hear about your experiences!! Have you had a family verse or theme for the year before? How'd that work out for you?