Thursday, May 18, 2017

Family Laboratory

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Good morning, this is Topher from Washington Church of Christ, bring you a positive Message Minute written especially for families. 

I believe the family is your own personal laboratory, where moms and dads get to experiment on their children to see what hinders and what helps in bringing about the best and most well balanced adults by the time they finally fly from the nest. 

Last week, we noticed a little bit of ingratitude creeping into our kids, you know, that kind that just grates on your nerves because of the thanklessness, complaining, and whining that it brings.   This week, we're experimenting with what we read in our history books about the pioneer days of America.  Our children only have one toy for the entire week, they only have two changes of clothes, we don't turn on the lights and night, and our food is much simpler, more repetitive, and a bit more bland. 

You know what we learned in this experiment?  We learned that even dad can be more grateful for the daily blessings of life when he gets tired of eating beans every day. 

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."

This experiment has been good for the kids and myself as well.  I encourage you to experiment with your families and be grateful for the blessings you've been given.  You'll be glad you did. 

***Extra:  We've also seen the kids show more imaginative and cooperative play, more help around the house, and the willpower to eat some of the food they don't like, because they know there is no snack and no dessert to follow.  We've treated it as education, not as punishment, and the results have been great!  Oh, and my wife has been enjoying other projects rather than spending so much time in the kitchen and cleaning up toys.  We may need to make this an annual experimental event!***

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