Welcome to week one of the new series, A Believer’s Character for Girls. If you missed last week’s introductory post, please read it here. Today, our 26 week exploration begins with the letter A. A is for attentiveness.
One day last week during lunch, we had a messy incident. I asked my middle daughter, Sugar Plum, to remove the dirty lunch dishes from the kitchen table and bring them over to the sink for me to wash. As dishes were being cleared and washed, my youngest daughter asked for more orange juice so Sweet Pea, my oldest, offered to pour her a refill. As the older girls worked, they quickly became engrossed in an animated conversation that took their focus away from the tasks before them.
They were so wrapped up in their discussion that they failed to see what they were doing. Just as Sweet Pea went to pour the orange juice into her sister’s cup, Sugar Plum removed the cup from the table. The orange juice had no vessel to contain it, so the juice spilled all over the table and dripped onto the floor. Only when I shouted, “Hey, do you see what you’re doing?” did the girls’ conversation cease and their attention turn back to the tasks they were to be completing. The entire messy incident could have been avoided if both girls had been more attentive.
What is attentiveness and why is attentiveness important?
Attentiveness is defined as being mindful or observant, paying careful attention to someone or something. I want the girlies to be attentive because attentiveness is a characteristic that will help them draw closer to God.
- Attentiveness will help the girlies recognize God’s voice.
- Attentiveness will help the girlies discover God’s unique plan for their lives.
- Attentiveness will help the girlies focus on what is most important.
- Attentiveness will prevent the girlies from wasting time pursuing activities they have not been Divinely directed toward.
- Attentiveness will prevent the girls from making many mistakes.
Does the Bible say anything about attentive behavior?
It certainly does! The Proverbs are filled with many scriptures that tell of the importance of attentiveness, but I think the best lesson on the topic is found in Luke 10:38-42. Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem. While on their way to the city, they stop at the home of their friend Martha after she invites then in. Jesus and his disciples get comfortable and Jesus begins to teach. Martha rushes around busily preparing a large dinner for the guests, but her sister Mary stops what she is doing, sits down at the feet of Jesus, and listens to him teach.
Mary’s decision to stop working angers her sister so Martha takes her complaint straight to her friend Jesus. When Martha asks Jesus to tell Mary to help, he offers a direct but gentle response to Martha’s accusation. Jesus acknowledges Martha’s feelings but then tells her that when Mary chose to sit and listen, she had made a better decision. Mary was the one who showed true hospitality. She stopped what she was doing so that she could devote her full attention to Jesus.
How can my daughters develop attentive behavior?
- To develop attentiveness, the girlies must pray. They must go to God daily to see what He wants them to do.
- To develop attentiveness the girlies must read their Bibles. They need to know God’s truth so they will not be distracted by false doctrine.
- To develop attentiveness, the girlies must listen and give God their undivided attention.
Prayer for Attentiveness
Dear Lord, I thank you for being such a loving and attentive father. Thank you for being concerned about every area of my life large or small. Help me to shut out the distractions in the world around me so that I can focus on You and Your plan for my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Are you raising a boy and looking to teach him Godly character traits? If so, my blogging buddy Joyice has a post that will interest you. Please visit her over at her blog, Raising Homeschool Boys, for her post A is for Available. She’ll be providing information about A Believer’s Character for Boys.
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