Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. Psalms 144:15 KJV
Happy Tuesday! It’s hard to believe that it’s two days before Thanksgiving.
Since the beginning of the school year, two or three days a week I take my grandson to preschool. He’s three and it’s a good time to get him acquainted with going to school, playing, learning and making friends. Of course, he doesn’t want to go. At first, I thought he was afraid. I stayed with him an hour, before I left him. Big mistake! Then, I realized he didn’t want to go, because he’d rather stay with me or his parents. That’s sweet and I can understand. Wouldn’t we all like to stay home with our loved ones rather than go to school or work. Unfortunately, that’s not reality for most of us. A very nice friend suggested I try something that was working with her great-granddaughter. On the way to the classroom, they picked up rocks to give to the teacher. So, I made a slight variation, we picked flowers in the yard to give to the teacher. That worked a little, I guess. After a while it became a game of how to delay the dreaded trip to school. Last week, I decided to try something a little different, which I knew was a big mistake when I started it. It’s funny what you will resort to when you are desperate. I bribed Landon with a toy. The promise was if he was good at school, he would receive a surprise. He didn’t quite understand the delayed gratification, but he was a little better. He still pouted as he walked in slowly. This morning I did the same thing. As you can imagine, it didn’t work as well. So, I started playing games and singing songs with him while driving to school. Then, when we arrived, we raced to the door. He looked a little disappointed when he realized he was at the door to his school. He went in a little sad, but a little better than last week. I’ve been through all of this with my own children, but it seems a little worse with my grandson. Maybe because I want him to love me and not think of me as the one who drops him off every day.
As I sit here I realize that whenever we don’t want to go to school or work, we can also play games and do something fun. In fact, many of us already do this regularly. There’s nothing wrong with turning dreaded tasks into fun games and rewarding ourselves from time-to-time. Most things I dread, I really like after I get started.
One thing many people dread is reading and studying their Bible. I have heard people say that they don’t understand it, and it puts them to sleep. Once you develop a habit of reading, you will be amazed at the stories in the Bible! So, why not make a game out of reading the Bible. There are trivia apps on the Internet that you play to test your knowledge. You can memorize a Bible verse a week or a day. You can challenge others to participate in games. Before you know it, reading the Bible will be fun for you too.
God bless you.