Take this time before you’re consumed with back-to-school madness to invest in your relationships at home. Make plans to do the Book – specifically do Matthew 10:8. “Freely you have received, therefore freely give.” Here’s how:
Challenge each person in the family with this thought: “Each of us has received so many gifts from God. God has given us life, health, a home, and our family. He’s certainly given the gift of relationship through the death of His Son. And because we have received these incredible, generous gifts from God, He calls us to keep those good gifts in circulation. God challenges us to give freely to others. Let’s do one particular Bible verse this month – Matthew 10:8. Because we have received generous God’s gifts, let’s generously give to others.
First, make five “calling cards” for each person. Then ask each everyone to think of ways they can give to other members of the family. You might clean the kitchen for mom or wash the car for dad. Kids might leave a sister a mint and special note on her pillow. Teenagers might lend a younger brother the shirt he likes. Make a list of ways to give to each person in the family and then… plan to give those gifts during the month.
Each time that an individual gives to another person in the family, they leave behind their “calling card.” Your card might say things like, “Because God has so generously given to me, here’s your free gift of _____________.” Or for younger kids, “Here’s your free gift! I love you!”
The element of surprise is always best, but by the end of the month each person should have delivered all five calling cards and their special gifts. As a closing activity, you might want to reveal who delivered each gift and express appreciation to one another. Discuss the positive feelings you experienced and then be sure to thank God for all of His free gifts!
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