B I N G O!
Bingo is one of those games you can play with kids that’s easy enough to allow the young ones to join in, but still has the ring of chance and the built-in tension (associated with each number drawn) to keep the older kids engaged. As a child, my sister, brother, and I played Loteria (our own south of the border version) with uncooked pinto beans as our markers – each of us primed and prepped to yell “Bingo!” with the drawing of each card.
Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor;
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Yesterday morning, as I helped lead our 4th grade small group, the kids and I played a different kind of Bingo. The game continued our month long focus on the themes of cooperation and working together to share our faith and build the Kingdom of God.
We challenged the kids to think of all the unique ways God has specifically gifted them and how they might use these traits, interests, or abilities to share their faith with friends, peers, and even strangers.
Each of the kids received a blank Bingo Card. Then the kids took turns identifying a gift, interest or ability that might be used to help connect or reach out to others. Each of the suggestions was written on an index card (later to be drawn from a bag) and also written in a empty box on the Bingo Card. The card reader then pulled one index card at a time out of a bag for a rowdy game of Bingo as the kids covered the drawn words with a marker on their card.
Share Your Story
The kids came up with a great list of ways they could connect with others and also share their faith.
I am good with animals.
I like to play sports.
I like to read.
We can volunteer.
We can serve others.
I like to play games.
Sometimes, I wonder how I can best share my story and how I can best share my faith and who Jesus is to me. It is late and as I write, the girls are in bed and so is my husband. Everyone is tucked away for the night, anticipating an early winter storm, except the Momma. Sitting in front of the lit Christmas tree and then at the dining table, in the quiet of the after hours, I wonder what my own Bingo Card might look like.Who can you share your story with? Relationships lead to #Community and we all, especially Mommas, could stand to live in a bit more community with one another. #MotherhoodMatters Click To Tweet
More than Words
Blogging is just one way to share my faith through words. But, I also like to send notes, cards, letters and messages of encouragement. I also like to leave encouraging voice messages – the kind that don’t require a call back but are just an assurance that someone is thinking of them.
Then there is connection. I love to help connect women to each other; whether it’s because of a shared experience, need, or interest. I like to facilitate and encourage relationship building.
Relationships lead to community and we all, especially Mommas, could stand to live in a bit more community with one another.
This Advent season I am looking to be a bit more purposeful in encouraging those around me and am taking my cues from an excellent article in the Abide Issue of The Joyful Life Magazine.
In her article, 25 Days of Christmas Kindness, in the Abide issue, author Elizabeth Oschwald, shares how a painful season of life caused her to reevaluate everything she’d taught her daughters about Christmas. Through this difficult season, the author taught her girls not only of the centrality of Jesus to Christmas, but also about loving and encouraging others in small but tangible ways – a tradition that has continued for their family over the years. The story includes a blank calendar for the month of December and the encouragement to map out our own 25 Days of Christmas Kindness.
It reminds me of the blank Bingo Card from earlier today.
Would you join me in your own 25 Days of Kindness?