This is the bimonthly email resource for parents in the Giving Back to God Program. Where we focus on different ways we can give our time back to God. This monthly focus is on cleaning. Cleaning hears, minds and actions.
Using our time to clean things up
This month we are going to be focusing our time, and talents towards cleaning up. With Earth day coming up on April 22nd there will be lots of opportunities. Cleaning up can mean so many things, depending on your children and their age. But I want to think about how Christ has cleaned our hearts. As humans we are wicked and evil, and our hearts are full of sinful things. Through the power of the blood of Jesus we are made clean. Do we still sin, Yes absolutely. We see this in our kids every day. We tell them the right thing, we show them the right thing, and yet they sin. As parents we need to look to Christ to see his forgiveness and his ability to see people as clean.
Like I mentioned earlier, cleaning up means so many things. Cleaning up physical trash, cleaning up clutter, cleaning off germs, cleaning our minds, cleaning our hearts, and cleaning our schedules.
Here are some activities you can do with your kids this month…
1. Clean your room- go through your toys with a mission. Can this toy bring someone else joy? Giving yourself a mission to bring joy to someone else will bring joy to you as well. This is not a mission of guilt, but rather becoming aware of what we have and what others could use.
2. Clean your schedule of clutter- we become so busy with so many activities. (not so much right now with the virus going around) Talk with your kids about what activities they truly want to continue doing. What activities would it be nice to stop? What is your reasoning for continuing or canceling?
3. Clean your schedule- Fun activity: if you could create your own schedule for a day what would it look like? Block it out, color code it, put pictures to it. What events would you schedule for the whole year? Have them get creative, pick fun things, pick funny things. Create a flyer for your imaginary event.
4. Clean up physical trash- get outside and clean something up. Clean up trash on your own property. Find a local park that has trash. Contact an elderly relative that may have some clean up for you to do. Find a non profit organization that may need a clean up. Participate in Property Work Day at Bucks Church.(April 4th)
5. Clean up the earth- Earth day is coming up April 22nd. Check out websites to find a community wide clean up day, make a difference in a local park. Or participate in a nation wide clean up.
6. Clean off dirt- make it a game. Using painters tape or masking tape, make a box on the floor. Give your kids a broom and balls of paper. Have them sweep the balls into the squares on the floor. Get creative by having different colored balls and squares. Make it a competition between kids- who can sweep the fastest?
7. Cleaning our hearts- Ask a question to your kids. If you could bring three movies to a deserted island, what would you bring? (obviously you couldn’t actually watch them, but it is more interesting to think about) Once they have given you their options ask them what the movie is about? Are those things on the list of Proverbs 4:8 ‘Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.’
8. Clean the mess- work as a family to clean up one area or multiple areas. Set a timer for 5 minutes, and everyone does their part for the full 5 minutes. It is surprising how much can get cleaned up in 5 minutes, and it gives the kids an understandable end time. Set a timer and wait for it to ring!
9. Cleaning advertisement- tell your kids that they will be making a how to video, or an advertisement for how to clean at your house. See their funny creativity to convince others to clean your house. As the parent, you are the director and cameraman. Enjoy it
10. Clean your house- make a loved board game into a chore game. Each space is a job that needs to be done in the house. Some can be done as a group. Or have everyone do a job in between each round being played.