Not to be mean, BUT….

This Monday morning started off well, thanks to our commission list we started last week. The kids were folding clothes, vacuuming and dusting and cleaning their bathroom, and I was happy! When I walked through to check their work, I had to correct several things….showing Molly (yet again) what it means to clean a toilet, explaining to Mack that he is, indeed, big enough to empty all the trash cans and helping Ruby match socks. Aahh! This training business is not for the faint of heart.

Imagine my delight when I sat down with the kids to read our memory verse for the week: Proverbs 18:9 “He who is slack in his work is brother to him who destroys.”

After they wrote it down, I asked them what it means and how it applies to our day so far.

Ruby said, “Well, it means that you shouldn’t be lazy while you do work. Like, Molly—not to be mean, but—when you didn’t clean the toilet good at all this morning—-”

She was interrupted by Molly saying, “Sshhh! Let’s not mention that.”

Then, Mack pipes up, “Yeah, Ruby, you didn’t do the sinks that good…”

I interrupted him and said, “Here is a better question. MACK, what did YOU do that would be considered slack this morning??”

I asked each one of them to answer that question. It wasn’t near as much fun for them, but it did redirect them and get them thinking rightly about the verse.

I’m reminded that I often see how “so and so” could apply this verse to their life rather than the better (and only) question…Kristy, how do YOU need to apply this truth to YOUR life?

Thankful to always be learning around here! I hope your Monday is a productive one as well!

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