Tuesday, August 12, 2008

True Greatness

"True greatness is a passionate love for Jesus Christ that shows itself in an unquenchable love and concern for others." Dr. Tim Kimmell
There are four characteristics which place focus on others. Teaching your child (and practicing them yourself) will keep us growing in Christlikeness and love.
1. Humility: Do we take the best seat, parking place, first place in line? Christians are challenged to walk in humility, considering others as more important than themselves. Teach children to let others go first and always consider the feelings of others to encourage humility in their lives.
2. Gratefulness: Do we show thankfulness for every gift we receive? Does our attitude convey a spirit of gratitude and contentment? We can comment often how grateful we are for our home, warm bed, food. We can practice thanking our family for help, hard work etc. Teach children to write thank you notes, find something to be thankful for in every circumstance to cultivate gratefulness.
3. Generosity: Sharing is never easy, but it is the right thing to do. Our children can learn to be generous by holding things loosely, to give cheerfully - money, time or talents.
4. A Servant Spirit: Real servanthood is accomplished by doing something that can never be paid back. Helping the elderly, grumpy, poor etc. This is an eternal investment when we do these things for God's glory. Teach your children to serve others with an attitude of love, give to people who can never repay, show inititiative by taking care of things that need to be done.
These are great suggestions for parents and children to cultivate true greatness - for God's glory.
Taken from Home Life Magazine

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