Here are 2 video links I think you might like to see:
The story of Rahab proves that God will use anybody. This woman worked as a prostitute in Jericho. Although the Hebrew spies needed someone to help them scope out the best approach to conquering the city, there seemed little logical reason why Rahab should have been considered for the role.
But because leadership depends less on titles than it does on influence, God chose Rahab. She helped the spies by her quick wisdom, gutsy style, and clever plan. She saved not only her own life, but aided in accomplishing the purposes of God in Jericho.
Wise leaders remember that God sees the human heart; while many would never trust a woman with a personal history like that of Rehab, God selected her. Because Rahab faithfully served God, her family lived and was adopted into Hebrew society-and she became an ancestor of the Lord Jesus Himself (Matthew 1:5).
What You Were Made To Live For
Why do little kids daydream about being a pilot or a princess?
Why do college students volunteer for charitable causes?
Why do sports fans lose their mind over small round ball?
Why do we keep records and keep trying to break them?
Why do we get hooked to fictional movies and scripted TV shows?
Why do we look back on life and wonder what could have been?
Because we all trying to live for something bigger.
This desire for transcendence – going beyond the ordinary range of human experience – is in us because God placed it there.
The Creator designed us to chase meaning and purpose. More significant than our physical body, he gave us eyes to cast visions, brains to innovate, and hearts to desire bigger and better.
But then sin entered the world and twisted our pursuit of more. We either stopped chasing it altogether, or we got it confused and started to pursue much less.
What were you and I originally intended to live for? Let’s go back to the beginning:
1. We Were Made To Live For God (Genesis 1:26)
Since we are created by God and in his likeness, the transcendent glory that every human being quests for, whether we recognize it or not, is not an element in creation. Our lives are designed to be shaped by our attachment to the Creator.
Immediately upon creating Adam and Eve, God spoke to them – something he didn’t do with anything else. God has hardwired us with communicative abilities to receive his revelation, glorious truths that shape everything we think, desire, and do.
3. We Were Made To Live For Community (Genesis 2:18)
We were made to need one another, and this community is meant to exist in a variety of forms: sibling, parent, spouse, neighbor, friend, teammate, co-worker, etc. This web of ongoing relationships requires us to live for more than just ourselves.
4. We Were Made To Live For Stewardship (Genesis 1:28)
God carefully constructed his world and then placed it in the hands of people. You and I are designed to be resident managers, caring for the wide variety of amazing things God has purposefully crafted to be reflectors of his glory.
Why does this matter today?
He calls you every morning to attach yourself to him, to be guided by his truth, to immerse yourself in community, and to be a steward of the gifts he has given you.
All in the midst of what you are already doing.
God has placed you just where he wants you. And he wants you to be part of something big.
He wants you to live for the Kingdom of God, in the situations, locations, and relationships of your everyday life.
50 Questions to Ask Your Kids Instead of Asking “How Was Your Day” by Leslie Means
I asked our writers to share some of their favorite conversation starters with their kids. These are especially great after a long school day when your babies don’t want to chat.
Here’s some of their favorites!
- What made you smile today?
- Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
- Was there an example of unkindness? How did you respond?
- Does everyone have a friend at recess?
- What was the book about that your teacher read?
- What’s the word of the week?
- Did anyone do anything silly to make you laugh?
- Did anyone cry?
- What did you do that was creative?
- What is the most popular game at recess?
- What was the best thing that happened today?
- Did you help anyone today?
- Did you tell anyone “thank you?”
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- What made you laugh?
- Did you learn something you didn’t understand?
- Who inspired you today?
- What was the peak and the pit?
- What was your least favorite part of the day?
- Was anyone in your class gone today?
- Did you ever feel unsafe?
- What is something you heard that surprised you?
- What is something you saw that made you think?
- Who did you play with today?
- Tell me something you know today that you didn’t know yesterday.
- What is something that challenged you?
- How did someone fill your bucket today? Whose bucket did you fill?
- Did you like your lunch?
- Rate your day on a scale from 1-10.
- Did anyone get in trouble today?
- How were you brave today?
- What questions did you ask at school today?
- Tell us your top two things from the day (before you can be excused from the dinner table!).
- What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
- What are you reading?
- What was the hardest rule to follow today?
- Teach me something I don’t know.
- If you could change one thing about your day, what would it be?
- (For older kids): Do you feel prepared for your history test?” or, “Is there anything on your mind that you’d like to talk about?” (In my opinion, the key is not only the way a question is phrased, but responding in a supportive way.)
- Who did you share your snacks with at lunch?
- What made your teacher smile? What made her frown?
- What kind of person were you today?
- What made you feel happy?
- What made you feel proud?
- What made you feel loved?
- Did you learn any new words today?
- What was the hardest rule to follow today?
- If you could switch seats with anyone in class, who would it be? And why?
- What is your least favorite part of the school building? And favorite?
- If you switched places with your teacher tomorrow, what would you teach the class?