With the encouragement of a friend and with the accountability to all of you, my new year's resolution is to memorize a new verse from scripture each week in 2011. After studying my verse for a few days last week I was inspired to find a way to build the kid's week around the same teaching. Making use of our 40 minutes of driving to school in the AM we say, sing, and clap the words.
The verse we took on last week was Ephesians 2:10
"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
The kids memorized my paraphrase:
"We are God's special project, made in Jesus to do good things."
Kevin and I have also been kicking around the idea of shaking up our family fun nights by making them more about others and less about us. In the past two years we have consistently spent Friday nights as a family doing an activity that we enjoy. Just by the nature of the night it is a bit self centered as we set aside that time to alone together. We typically eat pizza, play a game, watch a movie, complete an art project, or enjoy an outdoor activity together.
After spending quite a bit of time on Ephesians 2:10 this week we decided as a family to dedicate at least two of our family fun nights each month to doing good things for other people. We spent time throughout the week brainstorming a list of things we have been created for, blessed with, and prepared to do.
The time we spent thinking about all the good we could do to benefit others was inspiring and exciting. A perfect application of our first verse of 2011.