“Kids, I’m running to the neighbor’s to get a cup of sugar. I’ll be back in a snap!” Mom informed as she stepped out the door in a hurry. She was frustrated with her husband for not bringing home all the ingredients she needed for her new recipe.
“Back in a snap,” little Andrew looked puzzled, “what does that mean?”
9 year old, Laura made a feeble attempt to show her little brother how to snap his fingers. Only a faint sound of rubbing fingers could be heard.
12 year old, Tim showed his younger brother and sister exactly how to snap and explained how mom would be back almost as quick as you could snap your fingers.
“Depends who’s doing the snapping how quickly mom will return!” Tim said sarcastically as he laughed at his brother and sister.
“You’re just showing off!” Laura whined as she continued her efforts.
“You think you’re so smart!” Andrew gave his big brother a nudge and grabbed the TV remote control.
“Hey, give me that, I don’t like to watch your boring shows!” Tim piped up.
“Yeah,” Laura agreed, “you like all those little kid shows that are so stupid.”
“Your shows are more stupid!” Andrew yelled back, but knowing he was outnumbered, threw the remote control at his brother.
“I don’t need you guys. You guys are such jerks.” he snapped.
Andrew fumed out of the room. He met his mother coming back into the house. She could sense the uncomfortable tension in the room.
“It is so very sad to hear of the hurtful comments that come out of your mouths so quickly!” said mother as the children explained what had just happened. “Our words can cause such damage. The Bible says the tongue is a FIRE and can bring damage to other’s spirits as well as our own when we say something we know we will regret and when we see how it brings pain to others.”
The children felt badly. They listened and knew they could be more careful and kind with their words. They did not want to fall into the habit of letting things slip or snap out of their mouths so freely.
Laura continued to try snapping her fingers with little success.
“Isn’ omething,” asked mother, ‘how difficult it can be to snap our fingers, but how easy it can be to make a ‘snappy’ remark at someone?”
The children all looked at each other and were surprised at how true that was.
“All this is making me hungry,” said Tim, as he pulled out a box of Rice Krispies.
Mother thought about the correction she was giving her children and felt a check in her own spirit. She knew she could no longer be frustrated with her husband for his careless oversight. She would refrain from snapping, too.
“Kids, I have a plan!” mother lit up, “When we feel tempted to say things that would hurt others, let’s remember this… SNAP, CRACKLE, POP! If we feel a ‘snap’ coming on, we will stop it in its tracks until it crackles and pops and disappears!”
The kids all laughed together and thought it was a great plan. Little did they know how life-changing it could be as they would be able to use their lesson to form loving habits at home and at school and wherever life would take them? They poured cereal into their bowls and then they each kindly passed the ‘sugar’ to each other.
“Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23
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