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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday's Wisdom Words: Make Me a Servant

     As we train our children to do chores and to help others, we must also teach them to do it with a servant's heart, full of humility.  They shouldn't expect to be rewarded for doing things asked of them.  They need to learn that doing chores and helping others is part of being a family or community.  Jesus served others.  He didn't do it for gain, but as an example for us to follow.  He did it expecting nothing in return.  He wanted to show love and compassion for others by serving them.  He washed his disciples feet as an example of how we should minister to others.  

     I am not saying that we shouldn't reward our children, but we need to be sure they understand they are not owed anything for doing what is right and good.  It is their attitude and heart we are after here.  We want them to have a good attitude towards serving others.  We want them to be obedient and compassionate out of love, not their desire for the latest toy.  

     I am all for encouraging our children.  Our words must show them that we are pleased with their actions and attitudes, but when we are giving them toys or candy every time they display the correct behavior, they will expect that all the way into adulthood.  I feel that is what is wrong with many adults today.  They expect something each time they perform their duties.  Let's raise our children with humble hearts, that are willing to do what is right, even when no man is looking.

“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’?  Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’?  Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do?  So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”  ~ Luke 17:7-10

     Tonight, as you sit with your children, I would like to encourage you all to do something very special as a family.  We have found this activity to be an incredible way to teach humility.  It is a family feet washing.  Each person chooses another and they wash each others feet.  You can do this while listening to the Bible.  The passage of Jesus washing his disciples feet is found in John 13:1-17.  It an amazing experience.   



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