Daily Truth: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings:” Philippians 2:14
My 6 year old son has been obsessed with bees lately. Not sure what has brought this on, but you never know how a 6 year old mind works.
Any rate, he brought home from the school library the other day two books on bees and a Moody Bible Institute DVD titled City of the Bees.
Super excited about it, he insisted we watch it THAT night. So, once all the homework was done, I put in the DVD.
Now, mind you, this DVD was more on the level of a 5th grader but who was I to squash his curious mind.
While watching the movie, my 5 year old son kept asking my 6 year old son a gazillion questions about the bees. My 6 year old son answered them in only the way a 6 year old can. My 7 year old daughter sat on the couch with the look of utter boredom on her face.
The next morning at breakfast we talked about the movie on bees that they watched.
Below is how the conversation played out.
Seven year old: “Did you know that if we humans worked together like the bees, there wouldn’t be any fighting?” (I guess she did learn something!)
Six year old: “Did you know that the queen whistles when there is an enemy coming?” (hmmm – didn’t know that)
Now we have been working on Philippians 2:14 this past week as a family. The kids have been doing way to much “murmuring and disputings” for this mom’s taste the last two weeks!
Even wrote the verse on the window with window markers! (desperate or brilliant – not sure)
Can we say “teaching moment”!!!!
Mom: “So, if the bees are to have honey and a ‘happy hive’ they have to work together, right?”
Eleven year old: “I know where this is going!”
Mom: “Well, according to our verse, if we are to be able to enjoy fun and pleasant things, we need to work together without complaining and fighting just like the bees do. Then we’ll have a ‘happy hive’.”
Mom: “Who is in charge of the hive?”
All: “The Queen Bee.”
Mom: ” What would happen if the bees heard the Queen Bee whistle the warning and one of them said, ‘Oh, I’ll come in a minute’ ?”
5 year old: “They could die!”
Mom: “It’s important that the bees obey right away. Whose in charge of you during the day?”
Kids: “You are.”
Mom: “Let’s call me the Queen Bee.”
(Insert 11 year old rolling eyes – working on that!)
“When I tell you to do something and you say, ‘Just a minute’ are you obeying right away?”
Kids: “No. We get in trouble.”
Mom: “Right. So, see we can learn lessons from even the bees that God created about obedience and working together.”
Ok. So maybe watching the DVD on bees was not MY first choice on spending 27 minutes with my kids before bed. However, the lessons they learned from an unlikely source were invaluable.
My 6 year old is now insisting that dad watch it with us this Friday night.
Popcorn will be handy for this encore presentation.
Until next week,