I'm linking up for another edition of Thoughts for Thursday! I'm joining Home of Malones and East Coast Chic by sharing some thoughts.
Every once in a while I stumble upon a new family devotion or activity (or in this case remember one from years ago) that I try with our family. I'm sharing one today and would love to hear more ideas!
Around our house with a girl and boy so close in age sometimes they say naughty words they shouldn't say to each other. In the grand scheme of life are they crazy naughty? NO, but they're words they shouldn't be speaking to their siblings. Anyway, in college I remember a speaker doing this little activity. She made it WAY more in depth, but for my kiddos we stuck with this verse...
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29
I got each child a small travel size of toothpaste for this activity. We talked about how when we say mean things to other people, it hurts. As much as we may want to apologize and wish we hadn't said them, we can never fully take the words back. We demonstrated this by pushing toothpaste out of the tube to represent the ugly words we say. Then I told the kids to put the toothpaste back in the tube to represent us apologizing or wishing later we wouldn't have said them. Try as they may, they could hardly get ANY toothpaste back in the tube let alone all of it. We tied it right back into that verse in Ephesians.
This totally wasn't my idea (wish I could claim it), but it speaks truth to us all. Doesn't it? :)
Do you have any ideas?? Maybe you remember some from youth group or college too? I'd love to hear them! (I'm sure we all would) :)
Hope you enjoyed the short and sweet today, friends! XOXO