CalvaryKids, of all ages – SHOW US YOUR MIRROR!
This week, we are learning more about the ‘I’ in the T.H.I.N.K. acronym.
T – Is it True?
H – Is it Helpful?
I – Is it Inspiring?
N – Is it Necessary?
K – Is it Kind?
The word ‘inspire’ means to encourage someone by giving support and advice so that they will do or continue to do something.
We know God wants us to use our words to build up, not to tear down. But did you know that it takes 10 positive comments to hold the same weight as one negative comment? That means, if we had a teeter totter in our hearts, and we put 1 negative word on one side, it would take 10 positive words on the other side to balance it out. That’s how important it is for you to choose your words and to THINK before you speak!
Have you ever watched geese fly? They fly in a V formation, with one goose in the front as the leader. This formation allows each bird, with the exception of the leader, to be lifted by the wind from the wings of the bird before them. This saves the bird from using all of their energy at one time, allowing them to fly for longer periods without needing rest.
And because the lead goose is working harder than the others, you’ll often hear the other geese honk at them. They do this to encourage the leader. Isn’t that sweet? God wants us to have that same kind of heart! A heart of encouragement.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
Hmm, but who’s listening? We know God is. And the people around you, probably. But you always have one person who hears everything you say — yourself. So not only are your words building up and tearing down God and others around you, but they are also building up and tearing down you.
I am amazing. I am important. I am special. I am unique. I am kind. I am precious. I am loved.
How smart would it be to begin your day speaking words like this to yourself? You can’t control the world around you or the words spoken by other people. But you can control the words you speak and the words you say about yourself.
To help you remember to think before you speak and to choose inspiring, encouraging words, we invite you to create your own affirmation station, a place where you can be encouraged. It’s helpful to look into a mirror and speak positive words to your image.
You can craft a mirror using foil, or if you have a mirror you use every day, you can decorate it with positive sayings! If you would like to print off the sayings and the mirror template used in this example, you can find it here and here.
Don’t forget to post a picture on social media with #calvaryphxwatchparty, and SHOW US YOUR MIRROR!