[callout]This series of posts is taken from the 9th Principle in my book Like Ice Cream: The Scoop on Helping the Next Generation Fall in Love with God’s Word. These three posts explore the three aspects of making it a priority. You can read about the first one here.[/callout]
Did you know I coach my daughter’s soccer team. Ten 4th Grade girls. (In case you missed it, that was a prayer request. :))
I was talking with one of the moms last week and her daughter was super frustrated because…
…so many of the girls on my team aren’t taking this seriously! Coach tries to tell them something and they act like they don’t even care! We’re never going to win if they don’t change their attitude!
This girl comes to practice – and to games – expecting to work hard, play hard, and win. It’s no wonder she’s one of the best players on the team.
Mindset is huge. And not just for soccer.
Below is an excerpt from Like Ice Cream. Read. Ponder. Discuss. (With a friend or at the bottom of this post.
A huge piece of this puzzle is mindset. Am I doing what I am doing to build a relationship with God, or to somehow win His approval? Let’s take a look at a real-life example and see if this issue becomes a bit clearer.
You decide you are going to read your kids something from the Bible each night before bed. Certainly sounds like a good idea.
In Scenario A, you find a story, read it, close your Bible, say your prayers, turn off the light, and head out of the room. In Scenario B, you find a story, read it (with emotion!), ask your kids about it, share some thoughts of your own, see how the idea from the story fits into what they did that day or what they are facing the next, pray (specifically), turn off the light, and head out of the room.Preview
Both are activities you can “check off” on your To Do List. However, they are done with very different mindsets, and as a result, have very different outcomes. Scenario A is done with a mindset of this-is-something-I-should-do. Scenario B is done with an attitude of this-will-build-our-relationship-with-God-and-each-other.
[reminder]What is your mindset when you do “Bible stuff” with your kids or students? What is one area where you can make a mindset shift this week.[/reminder]
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