But I digress. I didn't really start this post to advertise, but to tell you about this book I've been reading. I have been wanting my own copy for a while. Someone gave one to our family as a gift when I was a kid, and I really enjoyed reading it then. It's called "The Book of Virtues" and it is edited & compiled by William J. Bennett. Basically, he takes several virtues like 'Self-Discipline', 'Responsibility', Friendship', and so on, and then compiles poems, stories (both fiction & non-fiction), fables, and essays that bring out different aspects of the particular virtue. I found a copy at 2nd & Charles a few weeks ago, and I've been reading it off and on to the boys, and on my own.
So, under the section on "Responsibility", I found this really great little poem about personal responsibility. I read it out loud to the boys and asked them what they thought it meant. Without missing a beat, our little Lawyer said "Do your own business!" (This is something we've been working with him on of late, so the idea was fresh in his mind!) I thought I'd copy it over into this post. I am considering making the boys memorize it, especially the oldest one! (We 'oldest's have a hard time with not
If You Were
If you were busy being kind,
Before you knew it, you would find
You'd soon forget to think 'twas true
That someone was unkind to you.
If you were busy being glad,
And cheering people who are sad,
Although your heart might ache a bit,
You'd soon forget to notice it.
If you were busy being good,
And doing just the best you could,
You'd not have time to blame some man
Who's doing just the best he can.
If you were busy being right,
You'd find yourself too busy quite
To criticize your neighbor long
Because he's busy being wrong.
Hope this helps you, like it helped me, to remember and practice I Thess. 4:11! :)