How often do our children have opportunities to be naughty, ornery or stinkers? Nearly every minute of every single day. Leave markers on the floor and find murals on your walls. Leave fabric markers on the floor find a new pattern on your ottoman (may have happened at my house). Buy just one of any toy and ask them to share it. Plenty of opportunity to get in trouble in an average day.
Now think of the last time you set your child up for kindness or goodness. I hope you are coming up with more times than I did. We have taken our kids to service projects at church and we have done good things for others but often we do them without the kids, or while they nap. We have been robbing them of easy opportunity to be kind and caring to others and the joy that brings.
Lastnight, my daughter and I made cupcakes for a neighbor girl whose birthday was today. We are new to the neighborhood and so are they so we have bonded over the last week as we have unpacked and they have helped us find our way around town. This morning my daughter and I delivered the cupcakes and Abigail was glowing with joy for how happy she had made our neighbor. A couple hours later the birthday girl came over with our plate and this note.
Abigail was over the moon excited to receive a thank you note. She ran in, showed her daddy and said, “I want to write her a thank you note back!”
I believe that God designed doing good to feel good so we would do more of it. It filled my heart to see my sweet girl feel so good after doing something kind for a new friend. I plan to set her up for kindness more often.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.