it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Instead, I wondered how I could make a "game" out of learning the passage and encouraging kindness in our everyday actions. At the same time, I thought it would be a perfect activity for the days surrounding St. Valentine's Day.
I ran across this free printable subway art from The Girl Creative and suddenly, I knew what to do!
I printed it out twice. I framed one of the copies in a plain white frame that I had embellished with red and silver paint pens, red glitter and glitter hearts. I cut apart the second copy into phrase pieces and then decoupaged them with Mod Podge onto a clear glass vase that wasn't being used. Here are the results:
Then I picked up some acrylic hearts in pink, red and purple. I originally found small packages at Michael's for $2.99, but later found larger boxes of them for $2 at Target's dollar spot:
I put a bunch of acrylic hearts in a bowl, then placed the frame, vase and bowl on a sideboard near my dining room table.
At supper, my family discussed 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and what it means to be patient, kind, not envious and the other virtues in the Bible passage. I told the kids I was going to give them a challenge. Every time they performed one of the virtues, they could take an acrylic heart from the white bowl and put it in the vase. If the vase is filled by February 14, I will buy all the ingredients to make banana splits and we will have a "Banana Split Sundae" on the Sunday before Lent begins.
We started on February 1. The house has been a bit more peaceful, as the kids look for ways to be kind to each other and do little errands for my husband and I (without asking). I realize the kids might go back to their old ways after the challenge is over, but I'm also praying that they begin to like the feeling they get when they do kind things for each other!
Linking up to these blogs -- check them out for St. Valentine Day inspiration!