Everyone is created by God and God looks at us as a treasure. It is how we live our lives that determine if we are a treasure to others. Are we consistently lifting others up by encouraging them and being compassionate? Do we genuinely care what is going on in someone else’s life whether it is good or bad? Do we just stay wrapped up in our own little world thinking that everyone is against us or that no one else cares? These things can determine if we are being a treasure to others.
There is a book that was popular a few years ago and circulated through elementary schools. It encouraged people to think of others first and was about teaching others about bullying, name calling and put downs. It also promoted environments to be respectful and encouraging. I have seen it in action and it is amazing what it brings to your mind to help you remember. The book is called “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?”
The main premise of the book is that we all have this invisible bucket and when we do kind things for others such as saying something nice, helping others, or giving a hug — we fill their buckets and we fill ours at the same time. When we are unkind to people like calling them names, being a bully, degrading their character — we dip into their bucket and our own. The fuller your bucket is, the happier you are, so the idea is to keep your bucket full through kind deeds as much as possible.
This not only applies to children but to adults also. It is so important that we show the examples to our children. I see so many children that are so full of attitudes and not encouraging one another. Sometimes you only have to look at the parents or the home life. Some don’t have the home life that will encourage them. As parents and adults, we need to lead by example making sure that we are forming the next generation to love and encourage each other. It is important for us to be a generation that is not only creating heart treasures with the younger generation but also preparing them to have warm hearts for the future.