Miners in Chile have been trapped underground for 2 months, but it looks like they are going to be rescued this week. Officials have made a tentative list of the order in which the 33 miners can be rescued, but the miners evidently are arguing about who gets to leave first. Not because they are all fighting to be first in line, but because they are all volunteering to go last. It is really interesting how a crisis can bring the best and the worst out of people. In this case, it seems to be the best. Everywhere you look, it seems like people are fighting to be first, in restaurants, malls, traffic, schools. But there is something about a life and death situation that helps you re-prioritize. In Chile, 33 miners are making each other a priority.
I guess you have to go pretty deep into the earth to realize that the world doesn’t really revolve around you. This is a critical lesson to pass along to our children. So take this opportunity to spotlight something positive in a culture that tends to be self-absorbed. Tell this story to your kids, and remind them why it’s not so important to always be first in line. Raising kids with an “other’s first” mindset is definitely a worthy goal as a parent. So how does that work? How do you teach kids to serve others and put them first? After all, it supposedly goes against human nature, but maybe it’s the best way to cooperate with the part of God’s image that has been created in every person.
Any tips on how you help your kids put other’s first?