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Monday, January 31, 2011

It's All In The Approach - Stickers for Good Behavior

The Canelos clown car made it to its destinations and back over the weekend. It was a busy one with basketball and school projects.

The past few months, we have been working with Sam on manners. Instead of “get me this or that,” we ask that he say, “May I please have …”

The 4-year old tries to “joke” you into doing something for him. Little does he know, we have “his number.” I reinforce that it’s all in the “approach” and that if you are “genuinely” nice to others and ask politely, they will be nice to you. If you ask nicely, it’s likely the answer will be “yes.” 

Last week, Sam brought home three stickers from pre-school for good behavior. We were so proud, as was he. On Thursday, we received a note from the teacher saying that he didn’t have his “listening ears” on that day. He just didn’t feel like being polite and showing good behavior that day … he forgot his manners and lapsed into his old behavior.

How do we approach God?  What is our motive when we ask Him for something?  If we are “genuine” with God, it deepens our relationship with him. God already knows our hearts and our motives. Of course, there are moments when we lapse into old behaviors. Then it’s time to get on our knees and remember … it’s all in the approach.

I hope you all get stickers for good behavior today!!!

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