Right Thing, Right Time, Right Attitude

Last year, our family chose a mantra of sorts for the year. Well really, I chose a family mantra for the year! I had noticed a growing and pervasive attitude among my children, one of dissatisfaction and entitlement. My children would struggle to be happy for each other when one received something the others didn’t.

“Celebrate More, Compare Less” was born.

I’m not sure that it necessarily had a huge impact on my kids, but it changed ME. For several years now, I have been challenged to see the verse “Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn” (Rom. 12:15) as an imperative rather than just a nice idea. Celebrate more, compare less reminded me of this verse and it became something that I repeated often to myself. When I was tempted to compare, I knew I needed to find a way to celebrate.

It is a beautiful way to live, one that I pray I continue to grow in.

I hadn’t really settled on a new family mantra for 2015. I had prayed about it, but mostly, I was listening to my family, trying to see if something would just hit me. And then it did. We were having family devotions (because we are trying to be intentional about all of the important things), and Dave said this, “Do the right thing, at the right time, with the right attitude.”

Huh. Yeah, that is good!

Quite honestly, it is something that we all need to work on. Somehow, my sisters took all of the organizing genes and left me with spontaneity. Which is great most of the time, but when it comes to teaching my kids discipline, it is a struggle.

So I am excited to see once again how our family mantra changes ME! It always amazes me how I can try and try and try to change my children’s behavior and then when I step back and pray that God would change me, He inevitably changes them. Interesting, isn’t it?


To help me remember throughout the year, I will be posting with the hashtag #RightthingRighttimeRightattitude and would love it if you would join me!

Here’s to a great 2015!




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