This year, we didn’t make any big resolutions. I am on the fence with resolutions. I think the resolve to change is good; but I also think it really is something we should work on daily.
With the start of 2013, we decided to pick a family theme. I had seen a quote on pinterest months back that I could not stop thinking about. I knew that had to be our theme. I ran it by the handsome doctor, and he agreed.
This is what I originally saw on pinterest:
This is my own simple version that sits in a frame in our den. I hope to make something as amazing as the above. It will just take me some time.
I have personally struggled with all the awful things that I see going on around me. Often times, I have become so consumed with it that I wonder how I could possibly raise righteous kids in this wicked world.
This quote was the answer for me. I have to teach my children to believe there is good in the world; by being the good in the world.
We talked about how we can be the good:
I also shared these few scripture verses as a reminder of who we are to be.
Matthew 5: 14-16
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
16 Light your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
I then lit a candle of my own on a candlestick. We talked about the light that each of us have inside. We talked about how important it is to be the light for good. Then….
I covered the candle with a box. The kids were surprised when the light went out.
It was a reminder to them that we can’t hide our light.
Even when this world seems scary.
Even when we wonder what is happening, and watching the wickedness unfold before our eyes.
This is not the time to hide.
This is the time to share the light.
This is the time to be the good.