Sep 29 2011

"It is Good to Share"

“Mommy Why?”

Maybe you struggle to answer the stream of “why” questions that come from your kids too.  I seem to get the most when I’m driving in the car. 

Why’s that man standing on the road?  Why is he dirty?  Why is he holding up that sign?  What does it say?  

How do you explain homeless to a 5 and 3 year old?

I looked to one of our favorite books we read before bed, called "The Rainbow Fish"

"The Rainbow Fish" is a little book with a BIG message

It is a story about the most beautiful fish in the sea. The Rainbow Fish thought he was too beautiful to play with the other fish. He had beautiful shiny scales on his body and he was very proud of them. The other fish asked him to share his scales so that they might be beautiful too. The Rainbow Fish said "no" and treated them with disdain, so the other fish swam away. He became lonely and sad.

One day The Rainbow Fish felt so lonely and sad he asked the advice of the wise octopus. The wise octopus suggested if he shared his beautiful scales with the other fish he might discover the true source of happiness.

So he gave away most of his scales to the other fish, he was no longer the most beautiful fish in the sea but it didn't matter because he was happy.

The Rainbow Fish learned the joy of sharing. 

Sitting at the stoplight, I reminded the kids that it doesn’t really make you happy to keep everything to yourself and not share your toys, snacks or the piggy banks. 

The next thing my son Andy said was, “mama I think I want to give that man my granola bar.”   That was BIG!   For Andy, his most prized possession is food. I was so proud.  I rolled down his window in the backseat, a little scared hoping this man would be safe, and let Andy share his granola bar.  

I also realized I shouldn’t be holding on so tightly to all my shiny things.  

Tell me what kinds of questions your kids ask you and what you've learned from it. Share here or on my Facebook Page.

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9/29/2011 8:16:06 AM
Heather United States
Heather
I love this book. I don't have any kids of my own, but I spent many years babysitting and I have a beautiful niece and nephew and I love reading to them. This is such a good story, and I really liked hearing your story this morning. Thank you for sharing with us.  
9/29/2011 12:06:24 PM
cat moore United States
cat moore
I love this book. There are others in the series. but the first one was of course the best.
Just wanted to say thank you for joining the Klove team, you make my ride to work a really good one.. GOD bless.
9/30/2011 8:06:20 AM
Lisa United States
Lisa
This has nothing to do with this story. I just wanted to let you know that I have been listening to K-Love for a couple years now & have loved it. The only thing is now is that between 10&3(my time), I listen to another Christian station. Why? Honestly, I got kinda sick of listening to Amanda talking about herself all the time...its not all about her & her world--there's more to it than that. So, I don't listen to K-Love much anymore--not during those times anyway.
What happened to Sterling anyway?? Never heard anything about where she was going...she just seemed to disappear. She kinda did somewhat of the same thing a lot--talking about herself, etc. So I found that I was turning the station while she was on the air. It is just one of those things that turns people off. DJ's shouldn't be on the air talking about themselves all the time...that is a great opportunity for ministering to others & you can't do that by talking about "YOU".
Thanks K-Love for your great station otherwise...I really enjoy JD, Scott & Kelly, Larry, & the others. Great station. Playing more of a variety would be better though. Seems like the same songs get played over & over again.
Thanks!! God Bless!!
9/30/2011 8:49:02 AM
Susan Rutherford Wilkinson United States
Susan Rutherford Wilkinson
I remember always crying when I read this to my daughters. Love it.
10/1/2011 6:42:43 PM
Hope United States
Hope
Oh my goodness I remember that book! =)
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