Jennifer and I were planning on teaching a children’s class but the weather had different plans. However, the lesson for that day would have been: Strong Life. The object lesson was to stack wooden blocks with each block representing an attribute that would make up a strong life. I was looking forward to what the kids would come up with. Nonetheless, as I sat there watching it snow, I had to wonder to myself; what do I think makes up a strong life? How many blocks would I need to stack? One…two…seven???
Here is what I came up with for myself. Guess I only need 4 blocks!
Block 1: Identity. This is the foundational block. Two questions should be asked. Click here to view them.
Block 2. Values. What I deem important? All I have to do is look at where I spend my time and that will, more often than not, tell me what I value.
Block 3: Attitude. I have a choice on how I respond to my day – this includes circumstances and people.
Block 4. Service. Do I make it all about me or do I consider others more important than myself?
Three more points about stacking blocks: (1) Do I always stack those four blocks in that order? No way! But as I have said in the past, perfection is not the key. My blocks tumble and I have to be reminded of what & how to stack. (2) Each of those blocks could have multiple sub-blocks, if you will, but those four – to me – would make a Strong Life when consistently & intentionally put in that order. (3) Each person stacks the blocks differently. Just b/c they do not do it like me does not make it wrong. I need to remember that.
And b/c you know how I like acronyms.
S – stamina. To keep stacking when it doesn’t seem to matter or when the blocks just do not seem to hold up. In the famous words of Dory, “Just keep stacking…”
T – temperament. To let our internal reality affect the external reality and not the other way around.
R - realistic. To know that you cannot, should not or never was meant to do life alone.
O - optimistic. To see the glass not half full or empty but to rather – see the glass and the water. If it is half-full – drink it. If it is half-empty – fill it.
N – no. To learn that it is not about managing time but rather it is about managing ourselves and the ability to say no to the less important.
G – go. To stay active in mind, body and spirit.
LIFE: To learn the acronym for this, click here.
If wondering what verse the lesson built upon. Here ya go: Matthew 7:24-27. Have fun stacking!