The Families we visited yesterday were very thankful for the Food donations that were delivered:
We visited an upscale home for the first time in ten years. My son and I received warm and grateful greetings at every stop. One man even gave me a big hug.
I reminded our son (9) why we started this “three-times-a-year Food For Families tradition” ten years ago.
“If two boys are standing next to an adult, and one uses his manners and the other doesn’t which one do you think the adult will trust more?”
“If two adults say serving others is important, but one actually does and the other only hopes to one day, which one do you think God will say, well done?”
In telling our son why we do this, even though it may seem small, we are actually preparing ourselves to do more. By putting others first every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter morning, we are developing a habit similar to using manners.
We are cultivating good habits. That’s all we can really ask of ourselves, isn’t it?
“I have a confession”, our son told me last night as I was checking in on my social media routine.
His confession was nothing alarming. You see, we recently made an agreement that if he reaches a certain goal (with one of his daily chores) by the end on this month, he can pick out some Lego pods from the Lego store at Disney World (we live next door to Disney World).
However, while I was in Anchorage, Alaska this week, my wife got him one of these Lego pods. They are small and inexpensive, in the big picture.
He was worried that he broke some sort of deal with me. He did not. Not as far as I’m concerned anyway.
What he really did though, was remind me how thankful I am to have placed so much time and energy (worry) on developing honesty as a core value. “You will never get in trouble for telling the truth”, is the mantra he’s heard over and over again.
This also makes me thankful for repetition. Over and over again. Repetition is the “mother” of all learning. It is the root of evil and the root of goodness. But only if we focus on it, over and over again.