This Week in Motion Elementary :: Be kinder than you have to be.

February Series: God showed kindness by sending Jesus for us — even when we didn’t deserve it. Because of God’s love for us, we can be kind to everyone. Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit. And when you show kindness to others, you give them a glimpse into the heart of God and how much God loves them. Kindness should be a characteristic of people who follow Jesus. Not only did Jesus model kindness, but He also commanded it. He taught us to treat others the way we want to be treated. When we practice kindness toward others, we’re actually living out the ultimate plan God has for the world.

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Be kinder than you have to be.
One More Time (Go the Extra Mile)Matthew 5:41

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught, “Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with them.” To us, that might sound strange, but to those listening — not so much. Jesus’ listeners knew that a Roman soldier could force them to carry their pack for a full mile. Jesus said to go two! And in doing so, Jesus reminded His followers about the importance of going above and beyond in the way they chose to respond to others. 

Engage in everyday moments together this week: 

  • Morning Time: As your kid starts their day, compliment them on something you’ve seen them work hard on recently (school, sport, instrument, etc.). It can be big or small. 
  • Meal Time: At a meal this week, have everyone at the table answer this question: “What is something you could put some extra effort into — something you want to learn or get better at?” 
  • Drive Time: While on the go, ask your kid: “Who is someone you know who is a hard worker? How do they go the extra mile?” 
  • Bed Time: Pray for each other: “God, help us work hard and be kinder than we have to be in every situation.” 

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