We did an exercise with our family this week...we have had lots of curve balls come our way this week quite unexpectedly. It has been difficult, emotional, exhausting and we have seen the Lord carrying us every step of the way...so we felt it was the right time to do this for all of us...
We gave each child at our table a tube of toothpaste and a paper plate and had them squeeze the whole tube out onto the plate. And then give them the task of putting it back in!
My girls immediately said it was impossible while my boys immediately blew the tube back up and started stuffing. One did amazingly well but it still wasn't all in there and that wasn't the point.
We then continued with the dialog we found that went something like this....
Each day, you will have the opportunity to hurt, demean, slander and wound others.
You will also have the opportunity to heal, encourage, inspire and love others.
Occasionally, you will make a wrong choice and cause harm.
Just like the toothpaste, once the words are out--you can't take them back.
Use your words carefully. When others misuse their words, guard yours.
Make a choice every morning that life giving words come out of your mouth. Decide that you are going to be a life giver.
Be known for gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it.
You will never, ever regret choosing kindness.
When we were done....we asked if there was anything that anyone needed to say. We were blown away....seriously blown away by the confessions and apologies offered up by our children towards one another and towards us. When we set out to do this exercise....we just wanted them to think....but the rewards were far greater than we could have ever imagine.
God always has our back....healing in our family is a good thing and these little baby steps are so good for our soul! Praising God for our sweet ending to our crazy week. Blessings!