Club 252


on April 15, 2008

I love writing curriculum – organizing what God’s teaching me into lessons to share with the kids on Wednesday nights. Plus, when I work ahead, I can have a team work with me & share/implement ideas. Anyway, this next year, I will be a bit of a “Johnny nine note” – it’s already started. Everywhere I look I see the Fruit of the Spirit. It was that way last year with sheep, though, & the year before with military & spiritual warfare.

This week, I am trying to get the definitions down so the kids (& I) can have them firmly in our minds throughout the year. This is yet another bonus to working with kids. If it’s boiled down to where a child gets it, the adults will most likely be able to as well.:) The Fruit of the Spirit is a lifelong project for me, so the sooner I can boil it down for frequent meditation the better. I want this stuff sunk way down deep in my heart, and the kids’.

Here’s what I’ve got for definitions so far. I share this so if you all have ideas, changes, input, please comment!

Love – (vs. selfishness) “Giving to others without worrying about what I get out of it.”
Joy – (vs. self-pity) “The automatic enthusiasm of my spirit when I am in fellowship with God.”
Peace -(vs. anxiety) “Building my life around that which is eternal & can’t be destroyed or taken away.”
Patience – (vs. intolerant) “Accepting a difficult situation as from God without giving a deadline to remove it.”
Kindness – (vs. indifference) “Investing whatever is necessary to help those in need.”
Goodness – (vs. impurity or hypocrisy) “Eagerly doing what is right, even when no one is looking.”
Faithfulness – (vs. unreliability) “Confidence that God always keeps His promises & being dependable like He is.”
Gentleness – (vs. harshness) “Quietly putting God’s love into action.”
Self-Control – (vs. self-indulgence) “Rejecting my own desires & doing what is right.”


One response to “Obsession

  1. Dawn says:

    Thank you for posting this. I’ve been trying to work with my 3 1/2 year old boy about playing nicely. After months of focusing on what NOT to do (hitting, “swiping,” yelling etc.) I really wanted to focus on the positive things he SHOULD be doing. “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Proverbs 23:7a CSB Thank you for helping me explain these difficult concepts to my small child.

    Definitions of the “Fruit of the Spirit” for Young Children: Adapted by Dawn Wright

    Caring for or about another person, even when they are not being nice to you.
    Happiness way down deep in your heart, no matter what is happening to you.
    A calm heart that doesn’t cause trouble.
    Waiting without whining or complaining, even when what I am waiting for takes a long time.
    Doing good things to or for others, even when they are not are not being good to you.
    Doing what is right, even when no one is looking.
    Doing what you say you will do and not doing what you say you will not do.
    Being calm and careful; quiet with your voice and soft with your touch.
    Having control over my feelings and actions; stopping myself from doing something wrong.

    Some statements taking from sources:
    “The Fruit of the Spirit Devotional” by Amy
    Fruit Definitions by Liberty92 of North Woodbury Alliance Church
    Also some definitions from Wordsmyth: Beginner’s Dictionary

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