Did you ever notice how God uses children to point the way? One day while sitting around the dinner table, my seven year old son, James, says “Let me teach you how to play the nice game.” My teenage son, Scott, was less than enthusiastic; we followed our younger son’s instructions anyway.
James told us the basic rules of the game. One person says something nice about another person at the table who is sitting to their right of them. That person then shares something nice about the person on their right and so on until everyone has had something nice said about them.
The next rule surprised me but was worth doing. Then you switch directions. If you started on the right side, now you switch directions and go around the table to the left. This allows another person’s nice comments to be said.
The last rule is similar to the previous one. On the next round, you select the persons in front of you to compliment and continue until everyone has said something nice to all persons at your table.
This was so much fun. You see am I the only woman in my family. I am usually starved for conversation. My youngest shared a simple game to start up the conversation! It was like a dream come true. It was refreshing and energizing.
This idea isn’t new to me, though. It has been used in small groups but with a different angle. Instead of saying something nice, each person thanks God for something or praises Him for one of His character traits. In fact I have used this very game principle in my own small group. But it’s funny that when it is suggested by a young person how more acceptable it was to play the game.
Children are a gift from God. I pray you have children in your life, even if the children are not your own. Being around children can positively influence you to grow in your faith and relationships!
Thank you, Lord, for your mysterious ways. Thank you for children who are a blessing in our lives. Thank you for allowing us to see your grace in everyday interactions with children. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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