Do your Homework

“Love begins at home…” ~ Mother Teresa

From the time you were little, Mom and Dad have been teaching you to be helpful and polite.

Say “Please” and “Thank you.” Don’t talk with your mouth full.

Hold the door open for that lady.

Ask the new neighbor to come play with you.

You’re learning to be nice to the people around you. But it’s really important to share and use good manners with your family, too. Take some time to think about how you act at home:

Do you obey your teachers but disobey Mom?

Do you use good manners at a restaurant, but eat like a pig at home?

Do you gladly help a neighbor, but whine when Dad asks for your help?

Is it easier to share toys with a friend than with your brother or sister?

Do you ever yell or scream or pout when it’s time for bed?

The Bible tells us that love is patient and kind. It says we should forgive others. It says that whatever we do, we should do it with our whole heart like we were doing it for Jesus. (1 Cor. 13:4; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:23) Wow! Think how happy you are when Mom lets you have the first cookie, fresh out of the oven. Think how proud you are when Dad says, “You did a great job!” What are some other ways that Mom and Dad show you that they love you?

Jesus said, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” (Luke 6:31) That’s your “homework” every day—even during summer vacation. Treat your family the way you want them to treat you. You can be polite, or you can be rude. You can say you’re sorry when you blow it, or you can run away and be mad. You can put your toys where they belong, or you can hide them under the bed. Which actions show love?

Listen. Obey. Be kind. Help. Forgive. Share. “Homework” isn’t always easy, but it’s always important. When it feels too hard to do the right thing, you can say a simple prayer:

“Dear Jesus, Help me to love my family like you love me. Amen.”