Category Archives: Family

Brighten Someone’s Day

“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s day!”  I’m not sure where I originally heard that quote but I was reminded of it last night.

My wife works retail managing the women’s clothing section of a large outdoor store.   Yesterday they had a customer that they had helped before Christmas come back into the store.   He wasn’t there to complain.   Just the opposite.

He made a special trip back into the store to say thank you for the help he received picking out presents for his wife.   Everything fit her perfectly and she loved them all.   Wow!  That’s cool!   That simple act of kindness showed by that gentleman brightened several lives yesterday.

It is a moment I’m sure they’ll remember and may return to in their mind when having to deal with difficult customers.

This got me thinking.  Why as a society are we so quick to complain but so slow to offer praise?   Why can’t we show an attitude of gratitude every once in awhile?

I’m just as guilty as the next guy but I plan to try and change that this week.   Instead of asking God for what it is I think I need I’ll thank him for what he’s already given me.  I’ll look for ways to thank others and brighten their day.   Won’t you join me?

“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s day!”

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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What Gives You Comfort?

What do you do when you are stressed out or frightened?   You turn to something that gives you comfort.   A favorite Bible verse, a parent, a friend; they can all give you comfort in a time of need.

So what gives you comfort if you are a kid at the eye doctor who has to get dilating drops that sting your eyes?   If you are like my youngest this morning you bring your stuffed animal, Snowflake.

She’d had the drops several times before.  She was dreading it and knew she’d need comfort.   She wasn’t embarrassed about that.   She recognized the situation and planned ahead.

I like how young kids aren’t afraid of what others think.  They don’t care.   If the roles were reversed my older daughter may have wished she had her stuffed monkey along but would have never brought him.

I’m not sure at what age or why we begin sacrificing our own comfort over what others think.   I  do know this.   When there are times in our life when we are in need I think we should all be more childlike.

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My Daughter’s Rules For Using Facebook


Facebook is a pretty useful and fun service.   It’s allowed me to keep in touch with family and friends.   I’m glad it wasn’t around when I was in middle and high school though.   Those years were awkward enough without the pressures and headaches that can come with being active with social media.   Facebook is about to give me a new kind of headache.

Several of my oldest daughter’s friends are on Facebook.  Some have been using the site for more than a year.   I know this because my wife and I are online friends with a few of them.  My daughter knows this and has asked many times to have her own account.  We always said no.

That changed today.  Facebook isn’t going away and I don’t want her to get behind with technology so today we created an account for her.

Before doing so we sat down and had a discussion about her rules and expectations.

Here are this parent’s top 10 rules for his daughter to use Facebook.

1.  I have the right to close/suspend your account for any reason.

2.  Together we will discuss the importance of having a strong password and create one.  You will not change your password without telling me.   You change it & I change the wifi password (also see #1).

3.  Together we’ll discuss the privacy settings and set them accordingly.

4.  You will only share with your friends and not friends of friends.   You can’t be sure how selective they are when approving friend requests.

5.  You will friend your Mom & I and not hide posts from us.

6.  You will be polite in all your online interactions.   If you wouldn’t say it in Church you shouldn’t post it online.

7.  You will not play FB games.

8.  If you don’t know what a link is or it looks suspicious don’t click it.

9.  All pictures you wish to post must be approved by your Mom & I.

10.   Use the “Grandma Test” when deciding what to post.   If you wouldn’t share it with Grandma don’t share it online.  Remember, once you share something you have no control over what happens to it.

So what do you think?  Too strict?  Not strict enough?  Did I miss a few rules you have for your kids?   I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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