The girls in the 4th grade - MS will be studying about Moses mother today and talking about being "unselfish".
I just got back from a week at camp. I got to spend a lot of time with our KWCOC kids. I also got to spend a lot of time with Reese. I couldn't help but identify emotionally with Moses' Mom today as I read the story in preparation for the class.
Moses' Mom nursed him until he was 3 months old. At 3 months old, she couldn't continue to hide him and if she did and he was discovered, he would be killed. She had to protect her soon and the only way to do that was to let him go. She built a small boat, a basket of sorts, for him to float among the reeds. She couldn't have known that he would be discovered by the Pharaoh's daughter, or brought back to her to raise. God works amazing plans in our lives when we are unselfish and do His will. How hard it must have been to let him go into that water! How she must has cried knowing her son may not ever come back to her! Her heart must have broke as she made the decision that was more likely to save his life but was still highly improbable at best. Yet, she let go.
Unselfish love is God's plan for the world. It is God's plan for our girls too!
However, in school, they meet selfishness in most everything they do. I'm convinced that all sin is rooted in our selfish desires. Because, when we are thinking about other people and putting God first, it's much more difficult for Satan to get to us. Our girls are in the midst of selfishness. Kids are not taught to be unselfish ... ever been to a kids sporting event? Most kids have parents whose whole world revolves around them and too often, these children are being taught that getting ahead by any means possible is the "right" thing for their life.
Selfishness in girls have given rise to the "Mean Girls" phenomenon. I talked to one HS girl who said, "Girls are just mean. Really mean. They will do anything for themselves. Even my friends,I know to expect that from them".
So, as we prepare our girls to transition into Middle School, we can begin teaching them healthy relational skills, how to deal with conflict, and how to always put another persons "right" interest before their own. They should always think about building up and not tearing down. Gossip and sarcasm need to be seen as SINFUL and not just wrong. Parents can help their girls prepare for Middle School by walking through these issues with their girls.
This weeks Bible verse is: Ephesians 5:21. The Daily Beauty Treatment (or daily Bible reading) is 1 Corinthians 13. And our Spiritual Aerobics is thinking of a way to be unselfish each day and work on it each week. We will talk about this more next week at Bible Study.