Family Time in The Laurelwood: God’s Masterpiece

An Interview with Worrisome Woodchuck

“Hey, ho everyone!  This is Random Raccoon here helping my pal EE out while his family is away visiting his great-aunt Edna.  I thought maybe you’d like to meet some of the gang here in the Laurelwood.  So here is one of the gang, Worrisome Woodchuck.  He can be a little bit nervous ’bout stuff, but he’s a good ole’ pal!

R.R.- “Ummm….everyone this here is Worrisome Woodchuck. W.W., this here is, umm…everyone.”

W.W.- “H-h-hello, e-everyone.”

R.R.- “So tell everyone somethin’ about yourself. Ya know, so they can get to know what a great guy ya are.”

W.W.- “W-well, I’m a w-w-w-woodchuck.

R.R.-“Seriously, man?  We’ve covered that one already.  Somethin’ else, please.”

W.W.- I d-don’t kn-kn know. Uh, w-well.  I l-l-like to p-p-p-p-play the c-clarinet.”

R.R.- “Is that what that long, black horn thingy is that you blow into and make all kinds of noise?”

W.W.-“Y-yes.  And it’s m-music not n-n-noise!”

R.R.- “So while other kids are out runnin’ around playin’ soccer and basketball, you’d rather be blowing into that clar-e-net?”

W.W.-“I like th-those things t-t-too, but I r-r-really l-love playing my c-c-clarinet.  I w-w-work hard at it and p-p-practice alot!”

R.R.– “Hmm….bet some kids think that’s kinda wierd.

W.W.-“W-w-well, y-yes they d-d-d0, but G-G-God created all of us -s-s-special. I m-m-mean with different interests and t-t-talents, and p-p-personalities. L-l-like each of us are H-H-His own sp-special p-p-poem or c-c-c-c-concerto.”

R.R.-“Whoa, God makes mexican food?”

W.W.– “Wh-what are you t-talking about, R-Random?”

R.R.– “Concerto. That’s some kind of Mexican food, right? Man I am so hungry.  I bet God’s concerto is really, really good!”

W.W.-“A c-concerto is a m-m-musical c-composition, n-n-not Mexican food! M-m-my favorite b-b-bible v-verse says: ‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ ”

R.R.– “Amazing. You don’t stutter when you quote Bible verses. Did you know that, W.W.? Do you stutter when you play the clar-e-net?”

W.W.-“No, I d-d-don’t, R-Random!  I g-guess what I w-want kids to -kn-know is th-that God d-didn’t c-create us all w-w-with the same interests or t-talents, but wh-when we c-come to know Him through Christ Jesus, He has g-g-good things for us t-t-t-to do that line up w-w-with the sp-special w-w-way He m-made us.”

R.R.-“I guess that’s why we shouldn’t make fun of folks who might rather play the clar-e-net than soccer.  We should cheer each other on so we can all use the special gifts God gave us to do good things for His kingdom!  Hey, I like to eat-ALOT!  Do you think that’s part of my special gift?”

W.W.– Uh–I d-d-don’t know, R-random.”

R.R.– “Well all of this talk about Mexican food has gotten me really hungry. Thanks for talking with us W.W.!   And thanks for tuning in, everyone!  Hey, W.W. do you think your mom knows how to make that Concerto stuff?”

Tilling Time

Some talking points for around the table, time in the car, or anywhere really.

  1. What are some ways God has made everyone different?
  2. What are some ways that people are different that are a result of sin?
  3. What is the difference?
  4. What is a special talent or interest that one of your friends has that you don’t have?
  5. Have you ever made fun of anyone because they might have different interests than you?  Has anyone ever made fun of you because of this?
  6. Have you ever felt jealous of anyone who was really good at something that you wanted to be good at too?
  7. What is something special that interests you?
  8. What types of good works might God have planned for you to do using your gift of talent?
  9. What is something that you have an interest in and would like to try out or to read and learn about?

Digging In

  1. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (NLT)

The Greek word here for “masterpiece” is “POIEMA” from which we derive our word “poem”.  How cool is that!  It is important to help our children understand is that there are some differences which are a result of the sin nature that we are born with, or sinful choices we make because humanity is fallen. God desires to make those things new in Christ and to move us forward into all of the great things He has planned for us and the special talents He has given to us.  This verse so beautifully explains once we receive Christ as savior, we are created “anew”.  Such things as an aptitude for math, language arts,  or music,  personality traits, natural athleticism, these are things God has placed within us that make each of us different. Special interests and tastes are also ways we are created differently.  These are all gifts God wants us to grow and be good stewards of so that we can use them for the good things He has planned.

2.  2 Corinthians 5:17 “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

3 . Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;your works are wonderful,
 I know that full well.” (NIV)

Growing Out

  1. Indoor Snowstorm: make paper cut outs of snowflakes.  This is one site that offers 12 free printable templates: http://www.firstpalette.com/tool_box/printables/snowflake.html

Parents can make a bunch of snowflakes while kids are sleeping and then hang them from the ceiling of any room.  When the kids wake up the next morning: it’s an indoor snowstorm!

2.  Grab a mug of hot cocoa and watch this incredible slow motion video about the formation of a snowflake.  While scientists tell us that two snowflakes can scientifically be alike, the conditions that cause the snowflake to form have to be so precise that, although scientifically possible, it is highly unlikely. God is the Master Designer of snowflakes and of us!

Enjoy!

 

3. Have your child make their own snowflake out of any color paper that they choose.  Have them write out one way that they are God’s masterpiece. Date it. Let them hang their special snowflake up with the others.  When it’s time for the snowstorm to come down, save their special snowflake.
4. Here is a wonderful website about Snowflake Bentley, the man who first photographed snowflakes and documented his findings. http://snowflakebentley.com/
5. Let each member of your family find a way to bless someone using their own special gifts or talents.  Perhaps a note of encouragement or thanks could be written by your  family member gifted in language arts or the art of encouragement; maybe cookies or a meal could be baked for someone in need; maybe a visit to nursing home to sing, play music or deliver pictures created by budding artists.  You get the idea!  The possibilities are endless.
Have a wonderful week!  May you and your family find the beauty in the poem God is creating with your lives and may you go forth and bless others with your very special gifts!
Thanks for spending some time here in the Laurelwood!

 

 

 

 

 

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