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Mongan: Live fully alive

Posted: August 9, 2017 - 2:02am
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I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

(Psalm 139:14)

‘I like you just the way you are," you could hear Mr. Rogers say each day as he welcomed his viewers in television land to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. The ears of children everywhere perked up to hear just what wonder would unfold, and what wisdom would be told. Mr. Rogers had a simple message, yet the words he spoke made a profound impact on all who tuned in to the show. He always began the broadcast the same way, by taking off his dress shoes and putting on his sneakers. Then he would replace his sports coat with a cardigan sweater. This was Mr. Rogers' way of saying to adults and children everywhere, "Take a breath!"

Mr. Rogers' slow but steady pace brought all the viewers into the land of make-believe, or what I like to call Mr. Rogers' land. He was never concerned that his outdated sweater was a fashion risk or that his sneakers were not name-brand. No, instead Mr. Rogers' welcoming words and kind heart drew others to a place that many hoped existed in real life rather than just in their imaginations. His example of how to extend a welcoming heart to all and to look for the good in each person made an impact on the generation who viewed.

As a new school year begins, let us live our life fully alive. Life can be an exciting adventure, or dull and humdrum. Why not try something new in your life? Now is the time to do it. Have you and your spouse always wanted to take ballroom dance lessons together? What are you waiting for? Facing new challenges gives us the opportunity to grow as a person, and it may open doors of advancement in our life. Going new places puts us in the path of new people to welcome into our lives.

Have a heart-to-heart talk with each of your children and pose this question, "What activities do you want to do this year?" If they have always played soccer, but never really felt it was their passion, maybe this is the year they could try out for football instead. If they seemed to have lost interest in ballet, why don't you sign them up for a gymnastic program?

Remember moms, each child is different and so is each adult. Is your husband pushing your only only son to be the next "Tim Tebow" because as a boy he dreamed that he would be the star quarterback? Maybe you are pushing your daughter to be a "tiara tot" because you were the child too shy to even enter the pageant world. By accepting the son that would rather join the math team than play a sport, or the daughter who would rather be the basketball point guard than put on a tutu, is a parent's way of affirming the words, "I like you just the way you are." Asking their opinion gives them the freedom to give input.

Outside activities teach a child many life lessons. They learn a sport or a skill, how to play as a team, how to handle the disappointment of losing, and how to persevere. Outside activities aid in the growth of character.

Why did Mr. Rogers' message make such a profound impact on so many? He discovered his gifts and talents, and then shared them with the world. He never lost the wonder of learning or the joy of life. He was the best Mr. Rogers that he could be, living his life fully alive!

As this school year is set in motion, teach your child to have a welcoming heart and to see the wonder of life. Let your child know how much God loves them and you love them. Tell them, they are "fearfully and wonderfully made!" This teaches your children to live their lives fully alive! It gives them wings to be the best they can be!

The Challenge: I challenge you this week to make a new friend, sign up for a new activity, or do something you have always wanted to do. Have your child do the same.

Ellen Mongan is a Christian writer and speaker who lives in Evans. She has been married over 40 years to Deacon Patrick Mongan, M.D. They have seven adult children, one baby in heaven and 12 grandchildren. She hosts weekly Blog Talk radio show "Healing Together," and is the founder of several ministries. She can be reached at littlepinkdressministry@gmail.com.

 

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