Love Conquers All

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Sir Ernest Shackleton, the famous Antarctic explorer, once described how, one night, in an emergency hut, he and his men were trying to sleep, having just rationed out the last biscuits. The situation was dire, and no one there could be sure he’d make it back to civilization.

Shackleton sensed a movement and saw one of the men turning to see how the others were faring. He obviously thought that everyone else was asleep, so he stretched over his neighbor and took his biscuit bag. Shackleton was dumbfounded. He thought he could have trusted this man with his life. Now he was stealing a man’s last biscuit. Had the pressure turned him into a thief?

Then he saw him move again. He removed the biscuit from his own bag, put both biscuits into the other man’s bag, and quietly returned the bag to his sleeping friend’s side. Shackleton said, “I dare not tell you that man’s name. I felt that act was a secret between himself and God.”

What would you be willing to do to show love to those around you?

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends – Jesus (John 15:13)


Image courtesy of Pikist.com. Story from Activated Magazine; used by permission.

Superbook: Roar

Chris is morally challenged “to do the right thing” when a smaller boy, Tommy, is harassed by Skateboard Park bully, Barry. Superbook takes the kids on an adventure where they meet Daniel and King Darius in the land of Babylon. Through this adventure, Chris learns that no matter how difficult the situation, when you stand up for what is right, God will be with you.

Actividad: Oruga «Para ser más amable»

Una actividad entretenida para niños pequeños, gentileza de My Wonder Studio. Descárguelo gratis en color o en blanco y negro.

Click on the links to download this children’s activity (in English) in color or black and white. Courtesy of My Wonder Studio.

 

A Spiritual Exercise: Appreciation

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Everyone benefits from appreciation. Here’s an exercise to strengthen your appreciation skills.

Pick three people that you interact with daily, and make it a goal to show appreciation to each of them at least once today. Be on the lookout for things that you genuinely admire about them or can thank or commend them for, and say or do something that tells them so. Take a moment at the end of the day to reflect on how it went. Did you meet your goal? What effect did it have on the recipients?

Repeat the exercise every day for a week, targeting some of the same people and some new ones as the week progresses. Make an effort to not choose only those people you like most or feel closest to. Even the most difficult people to get along with have some good qualities.

Showing appreciation will not only give the recipient a lift, it will also improve your own outlook by helping you view those around you more positively. It seems to be human nature to notice the bad more easily than the good, and it’s often relatively minor things that sour our relations, such as idiosyncrasies that we find irritating. By making a conscious effort to look for things to appreciate in others, focusing on the good will override human nature and make you a more positive person.

Appreciation is contagious. It may not happen overnight, but in time it will nearly always bring about a remarkable change.


Art © TFI. Text adapted from Activated magazine.