Posts Tagged ‘intentioanl living’

I loved Sunday evenings as a child.  Our family would gather around the TV set with a large bowl of popcorn and watch Walt Disney’s featured special.  I didn’t care if we saw The Apple Dumpling Gang, Pollyanna, or Old Yeller.  I just enjoyed the sense of togetherness.  The familiarity.

In this fast-paced, long-distance-relationship-world, children (and their grown-ups) find comfort and stability in traditions.    They are the feel-good memory makers that build relationships.  Whether we make pancakes every Saturday morning,  read story books together each night, or go camping in the same little spot once a year, our traditions are part of the legacy we pass on to our children.

Homes may not last and income might dwindle, but a tradition is often passed from one generation to the next.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!  Psalm 133:1-3

 Family Tradition Ideas

    • Weekly Game Night-Gather board games, turn off the TV, and have some fun!
    • Date with Dad/Mom-Take each child on a “date” once a month.
    • Bedtime Stories-Does it get any better than snuggles and fairy tales?
    • Mid-week Pizza-Buy a kit, make your own dough, and crank the music.
    • Formal Dining-Light the candles, dress up, and have dinner in the dining room.

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For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  (Ephesians 2:10)

The stranger’s kindness impacted me for the rest of the day. She hadn’t done anything life-changing or radical, but–in that one moment–made me feel as if I mattered.   I still don’t know her name, but I did catch a glimpse of her license plate as she pulled away from the drive-through window.  “I’d like a tall mocha, please.”  The barista smiled and said, “The lady that just left paid for your drink.”

Surprised by such a thoughtful gesture, I wondered if she was a Christian or just someone who wanted to make a difference.  Whatever her beliefs, political affiliation, or socio-economic status, she challenged my thinking.  Do I make a difference?  Do I make other people feel important?  Do I love them deliberately and with purposeful intent?

My hope is that I will learn to live each day intentionally.  Purposely.  I want to make a difference.  Don’t you?

Just for today…look for one opportunity to be the difference in someone’s life. 

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