Pour In/Pour Out Jar

It's a goal of mine to teach my children about kindness and love and doing good toward others. I want them to know how much they are loved and cherished and out of that love be able to pour love (from their own overflowing cups) into the lives of others. There are so many ways we can show love to one another, but my current project is two-fold: I have two jars set up. One is (or will be) for when we "pour in"our love to one another- compliments to someone in the family, words of love, catching our children being good, acts of service we see another person doing, etc. We will write these down on little strips of paper and put them in the "pour in" jar-thus pouring our love into one another. During the week, possibly over dinner, we will pull all of strips out and read them aloud, so that we can tell the person (again) how they are loved. The second jar is for pouring out our love to others. We will sit down as a family and write as many ways we can show love to others on pieces of paper and fill the "pour out" jar. Then, once a day/week we will pull from the "pour out" jar and do whatever act of love/kindness is written. This might be more of a challenge with a busy family-but its one I want to make a priority-serving others.

Ideas for "Pouring Out":
Ideas for "Pouring In":
You don't have to decorate the jar or use fancy paper, the idea is what matters. And yes, my wonderful husband and high school running coach gave his own shoes to a student who could not afford to buy his own pair (I am so grateful to be married to such a man!). The possibilities and benefits here are endless and I am excited to put this idea into action. We are helping our children memorize the verse 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 by reading it to them every night before bed:

Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Maybe my idea for the jars came from reading these words...

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