Attitudes of Gratitude!
Today's Active Devotion: Do a Family Service Project.
"Faith without works is dead." James 2:20
At one point I felt my children had lost sight of how blessed they were. In keeping with this week's Gospel reading, it was if they had become blind to it and needed to see. I piled them in the van and took them to a poor area of town. They saw poverty,much to their disgust, they even witnessed someone eating out of a trash can. Their eyes were begining to open. Following that, our family volunteered at a food bank . It was not enough to let them see the problem, our family felt called to be part of the solution. We have friends who do mission work all around the world and they are the least selfish, most frugal and most appreciative family we know. Service to others is a good remedy for selfishness.
4/5/2011 08:36:49 pm
So grateful for this post. Our young children tend to get their attitudes of gratitude from their parents. I notice when I thank God aloud, they chime right in. And, on the other hand, when I am feeling selfish and self-centered it spreads like a disease through the house. Today I hope to go through some of our belongings and have the children help me pack our extras up in bags. Maybe a trip to the Salvation Army with some donations is a good place to start?
4/6/2011 08:41:44 pm
Thanks for this, Mary Lou. I love what you're doing, here. I've shared your link around, including at the comments section of my latest column at Patheos. God bless your beautiful efforst, here!
4/7/2011 02:19:20 am
Wow, that's pretty powerful! I've often thought of doing something like that myself when my kids get a little older. Thanks for the advice!
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