Thursday, July 7, 2011

Secret Blessings

I had a great idea this week, and I actually did something about it.

The genesis of the idea came a few months ago, before we stopped school for the summer. I remember telling Dave about it, then I apparently forgot about it until this week. Perhaps it was an Adventures in Odyssey episode that brought the idea back to the front of my brain. Thank you, God, for putting whatever-it-was in front of me to jog my memory.

Just a warning: this wasn't a rocked science idea.  Don't get you expectations too inflated.

Here goes:  One of the four of us (Daddy was at work) would draw a piece of paper with an X on it.  The X Person would then be responsible for secretly blessing another family member during the week.  Ideas to bless that person were to do one of their chores secretly, help the person spontaneously, do something for them...... The boys liked the idea (who doesn't like a secret?), and paper slips were made.

In typical 5-year-old fashion, Levi yelled out, "I got the X!"  about 3 nanoseconds after looking at his piece of paper and right as I was saying, "Now remember, don't tell us if you go the X."

So today, with only one day left to bless a family member, Luke reminded Levi about his secret mission.  Levi huddled with me and said -- as if reading my mind -- "You know what I'm going to do?"  His eyes are about the size of half-dollars.  I'm going to make Ben's bed for him!"  Right on buddy, I think. He got the idea.  Totally got it.

A few minutes later, he came downstairs, barely able to contain his excitement.  "Mom, I even made Luke's bed, too!"

I wanted to squeeze the stuffing out of him!

We're home from soccer and The Monsters are finally quiet (Luke scored a goal tonight, so Daddy had to make good on his promise of ice cream) and not one thing was said by Ben or Luke about their beds.  And that is okay.  Because my purpose in doing this wasn't for recognition by the blessee (not a word, I know) or even recognition from Dave or I.  The purpose in doing this was to experience the inner joy that comes from doing something nice for someone, just for the heck of it. 

As it turns out, I'm really glad Levi blew it and told everyone that he was the blesser for the week.  And, I'm glad I was able to see all Levi's joy from blessing his brothers.  Even though it didn't work out as I had planned, it worked out the way God had planned.

God is good all the time, and all the time...God is good.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Great idea! I think I'm going to do something like this with my kids. We have plenty of people in the house to bless!

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