There are many ways the word of ‘contribution’ can takes us… but what sprung to my mind was related to the family and in raising children, particularly through the teenager years when these young people are finding their own feet, developing their own thoughts and opinions and becoming the good independent people we hope for them. These teenage years are also the years that I recall some conversations about the ‘best contribution you can make to the Webb home and family’.
The conversation went something like,
‘You see there are many contributions we all make as family members in our home but I believe the best contribution you can make in our home is to be kind and generous to each another.’
As a parent, I want my children to help with cooking, dishes, rubbish and feeding the pets… but you know what, they could be doing all their chores that contribute to the running of a house, but if they are battling to be kind, not prepared to talk about stuff, unforgiving, snarly and cold to another family member – it can only last for a tiny while… it’s not good for the soul of the individuals and the family!
Forget the chores I say, and let’s always endeavour to contribute to keeping and making a family and home.
Or better still – do both!