Even though taking initiative is not widely discussed in scripture, I believe that it is a scriptural concept and is a good character quality to have – and I want my children to develop that quality...
You see, taking initiative means seeing what needs to be done and doing it without being asked, but it does not always work out exactly as planned.
One day, in order to save time before rushing off to soccer practice, I put some frozen meat pies into the oven before the oven indicated that it was heated to the proper temperature. A few minutes later I came into the kitchen and found that the pies had been removed from the oven. Upon inquiry, I discovered that my oldest child had heard the “oven ready” beep, which sounds remarkably similar to the oven timer, and had taken them out of the oven for me! I put them back into the oven and went on about my business. When it was time for the pies to come out of the oven, I was shocked to see that they appeared to be little more than ice cold. Puzzled, I checked to see what could be the problem and discovered that the oven had been turned off the whole time. It seems that my son had not only taken them out of the oven, he had taken the initiative to turn it off at the same time so as not to forget (something which we have done a few times – including a time when we had to go back home after leaving for vacation because I had left the oven on...
With bacon in it!).
|Making mommy's bed.|
|"Helping" Grandma with the dishes|
|Littlest kitchen helper|
I was amazed!
I thanked him, and praised him for taking initiative and doing an excellent job of it, too!
Then I thanked God and praised HIM that all of this hard work in parenting eventually does pay off in our children.
What lessons are you working on with your children? I'd love to hear about them.
Becoming an Excellent Woman Everyday Life Matters of the Heart My Haven my Home My Journey"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." Galations 6:9