Thursday, May 25, 2006
Will God Give Children Toys If They Ask Him For Them?
Some people think God is there to give us toys and other things we want. God doesn't just hand out stuff to us. His purpose is to make us into people who are like Christ. God really cares about us, and he knows what we need.
Although toys seem important sometimes, there are other things that we need more. God also doesn't want us to get our happiness from toys, but from Him.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
The bell rang. The first day at the new school was done. Nicholas walked to the tree to wait for Alice so they could go home.
Tommy, a new friend, came by and started talking to Nicholas.
"Come with me. I want to show you something," said Tommy.
"Sure, Tommy," Nicholas answered and they took off.
They played for awhile and talked and started running together.
Before Nicholas knew it, he was half way home. Where was Alice?
He looked around, there was no Alice!
Where could she be? What happened to her? He was supposed to look after his little sister.
He remembered leaving his classroom and walking to the tree and...
He was supposed to meet Alice at the tree! He ran as fast as he could back to school. He ran to the tree. There was Alice sitting on the ground waiting for him just as she was supposed to.
"Where were you?" she asked
"Well... I... um..."
"I have been standing here waiting for you!" She was so mad at Nicholas.
Nicholas didn't want to tell her what happened.
He didn't want her mad at him.
"Well?" she asked again.
Nicholas hung his head, "I was with Tommy. We were talking and running. I’m sorry, Alice."
Alice looked at Nicholas for a long time.
She smiled at him, "Let's go home. Its getting late".
Jesus teaches us that we must accept responsibility. Blaming others for our problems or feeling sorry for ourselves is wrong.
What would you have done?
Do you think Nicholas should have told Alice the truth?
Should he have blamed Tommy for making him late?
Do you think Alice should be mad at Nicholas?
Do you think she should forgive him?
Do you think she should feel sorry for herself for waiting so long?
Do you think Jesus was happy with Alice and Nicholas?
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Recess was over and the kids were lined up to go back to their classroom.
Mrs. Nelson was unlocking the door when there was some terrible yelling.
She looked up. Eric and Adam were yelling at each other.
Mrs. Nelson walked up to them, "Now keep your voices down."
Eric complained, "Adam was pushing me."
Adam started his complaint when Mrs. Nelson interrupted, "We don't want to argue or fight with anyone. There are times when things happen and we just have to let go. It isn't so important that we say things to people especially things that hurt."
Eric and Adam were quiet.
Mrs. Nelson gave them a smile.
She walked back to unlock the door.
Jesus teaches us to never fight or argue.
What do you think?
Would you have argued?
Do you feel Adam and Eric were right?
Do you think Mrs. Nelson was right?
Do you think Jesus was happy with Mrs. Nelson?
Monday, May 08, 2006
It was a gorgeous sunny day in the town where James and Steve lived. James and Steve were not only brothers, they were best friends. They did everything together from when they were babies like crawling together as infants, to learning to ride bikes at the same time as toddlers. Now as ten year olds playing sports together and even going to school together—they were like twins, even though Steve was older. They spent most of their time together. In fact they even shared a room and bunk beds.
James and Steve lived across the street from a young boy named Andre. Andre had everything that the two boys ever wished for. Andre was an only child and his parents had unlimited amounts of money. Andre’s parents loved to give him gifts, lots of gifts.
Whenever the boys would go to Andre’s house, James would just stare at all the cool things Andre owned. Andre had three bicycles, one for racing, another for mountain climbing, and one for riding to school. It was the most amazing thing that they ever saw, since each of the boys only had one bicycle.
James wanted to spend lots of time with Andre. However, when James was with Andre, his manners started to change. James always asked Andre about his belongings. He would ask Andre to show him all the neat stuff he had. He would ask Andre to let him play with the things. Pretty soon all James wanted to do was spend all his time with Andre.
Soon, James stopped spending time with Steve. James no longer wanted Steve to play with him and Andre. He would say, “I don’t have time for you Steve, my good friend Andre and I are busy.” James would then run across the street to Andre’s house and leave Steve alone.
All that James could think about was Andre’s stuff. James became grouchy and wanted nothing to do with his family. One night at dinner, he shouted, “I wish I was not in this family. I wish I was in Andre’s family where they have great things. I don’t even like it here. If I was Andre’s brother, I would have desert every night.”
James’s dad said, “Stop that talk!” and called James into the living room and said, "James, we need to chat."
His dad said, “James you are my son, I give you everything I can including my deep and total love. Still, I need to tell you that your behavior is inappropriate and that you are falling into the trap of coveting. The tenth commandment tells us not to covet our neighbor’s goods.”
He went further to say, “Coveting is when you want something that belongs to someone else so much it changes you and usually leads to others sins.” He explained how his coveting Andre’s good had indeed changed him.
He showed James how he was now grouchy and cranky and how he was no longer joyful, like God calls everyone to become. He showed James how all he talked about were new Stuff. James had stopped talking about the really important things in life like how much he loved his brothers and sister, family and how much he cared for everyone. Most of all, he had stopped talking about God’s love in his life.
James stood in shock. He could not believe what his parents were saying. His mother put her arm around him and said, “Yes son, everything your father mentioned is true and more. Your marks in school are dropping, too. Be careful! Coveting can lead to other sins.”
James began to cry because he had realized he had truly forgotten others and all he thought about was Andre’s stuff. Even though Andre was generous, James’s problem was that he wanted Andre’s goods more than anything else in life.
Everything you have is what God has given to you. God gives different things to different people, what is important is that we be happy with what we have in life and use our gifts wisely to make the world a better place for each other to live and for God to do His work.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the service, his cousin asked him: "How many women can a man marry?" "Sixteen!" replied the little boy. His cousin laughed and asked how he knew this. "Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up! 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer!"
It was the last recess. Nicholas was happy because school was nearly over. He had saved some chips from his lunch to eat at his recess. He went to the washroom to wash his hands before he ate.
Nicholas looked up and saw Jason, "Hi, Jason."
"What's going on, Nicholas?" asked Jason
"I am just washing my hands before I eat," Nicholas answered
"Do you always wash before you eat?" Jason asked.
"Yes, I always wash," Nicholas said. He dried his hands on a paper towel saying, "Do you want to share my chips?"
"Sure, I love chips. Let me wash my hands first," Jason said as he turned on the water.
Jesus teaches us that we must be clean and pure in mind, body and spirit.
What do you think?
Do you always wash your hands before you eat?
Do you bathe daily?
Do you have a clean spirit?
Would Jesus be happy?
Friday, May 05, 2006
Ashley and Sam were two young children who were blessed to have a grandmother who loved them and always invited them to visit her. It was a great adventure to visit Grandma. She made them the total center of her attention and the kids knew they we completely and unconditionally loved by Grandma. Ashley and Sam enjoyed all of her stories and her songs but they especially loved Grandma’s food. The fresh cookies and sweets, the home-made cakes, Grandma’s food always put a huge smile on their faces and made their tummies feel tighter.
Grandma was working in the kitchen making a wonderful lunch of home-made pizza with fresh cheese, meat and sauce. While Grandma cooked she would hum and sing. She had so much joy that wherever she went, that joy would gush forth in the form of song. Ashley and Sam were always full of joy, too but sometimes they were a bit mischievous. On this day Ashley and Sam snuck into the attic and knew they couldn’t get caught, as long as they could hear Grandma singing while she cooked.
Ashley and Sam loved Grandma’s attic because it had lots really cool stuff! There were tons of treasures from the past. Grandma made sure everything in the attic was organized and neatly stored in boxes and storage containers. On days she felt lonely, Grandma would go into the attic to remember her past and rekindle the feelings of love from days gone by.
Ashley and Sam were exploring in the attic. They opened up a box full of old style dresses that were all ironed and neatly folded. Box to box, they went opening up each one. Suddenly an old letter fell out of one of the boxes. The two children looked at each other and with a sneaky smile. Ashley opened the letter. “Wow!” she said, it is from Grandpa.
Grandpa died 2 years earlier and this was actually a letter that he wrote. They looked closely at the date and it said 1955. The paper had yellowed but the words were very clear. The letter said:
My dear and sweetest Amy Ellen,
I miss you greatly and still I continue to love you with all my heart. When the time comes, I will come to you as fast as I can. It I could run on water, I would go at full speed, jumping from wave to wave to get to you as fast as possible. If I could fly, I would soar through the skies to be with you--the one I love.
Please remember as you read this letter that you have my complete and unconditional love. While other men are tempted to be with other women or look at impure books and magazines, I promise that I will never do that. I will never ruin the special love I have for you in my heart. I know that my love for you is strong and that I have God’s support to help me in that love all the days of my life…
There was lots of other mushy stuff that made the kids giggle and they decided to return the letter to the envelope. As they were putting the letter away, they realized that Grandma’s humming had stopped. They looked up and looking down on them was Grandma.
With a very serious look on her face, Grandma said, “Could I please have that letter, it is special to me.” Ashley and Sam thought, “Oh gosh, we are in big trouble for reading this letter.”
To their surprise, Grandma sat with them on the attic floor and said, “Kids, you need to know why this letter is so important. It is a lesson about God’s love. For in today’s world, with all the bad things you can see on television, in the movies and in magazines, God’s plan of love for married couples gets hidden.”
Grandma continued, “You need to know that in the Sacrament of Matrimony God gives us the special gift of a spouse to love for our entire life. The gift of marriage is a special bond between a man a woman. God would never want any other man or woman to take this gift away. So, couples are not to be with anyone else and we are not to wish that we had another husband or wife who has more money, better looks or more intelligence”
Grandma further said, “God thought this was so important, that He included it in the 10 commandments and wrote them on the tablets for the entire world to know. We are talking about the 9th Commandment: ‘You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor’s Wife.’” Grandma insured them the rule also applies to Husbands.
Ashley and Sam realized that each of us should only love the one God chooses for us. Only then, can we be happy in life and pass happiness to others like the love Grandpa passed to Grandma. Because she was loved, she could pass that love to them.
Don’t look at the television, movies, music or magazines for your model of love. Look to God to guide you to those who work hard to love their spouses and enjoy the gift of the Sacrament of Matrimony so they don’t look at others’ spouses.
Eight-year-old Simone and her four-year-old brother Joel were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked. Simone pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers!!!"