It was family picture day.
Or Satan’s favorite holiday, as I like to call it. The picture above is from family picture day from a few years ago.
We’ve never had great luck with family picture day. Between trying to get the kids dressed right, to keeping them clean, to forcing smiles, it’s typically been more trouble than it’s worth. Getting five people to look in the same direction and smile naturally is next to impossible.
But here we were again. On the road for miserable family pictures.
So we tried something.
Hey kids…let’s play a game. Let’s go around and name off all the things we can do with these pictures.
“We can send them to Grammie”, said kid #1.
“You and Mom can keep them in the house so when you are old you can remember us,” said kid #2.
“I can make it the background on my iPod,” said kid #3.
Ten minutes gave us a good list - from Christmas cards to our Compassion kids to school art projects.
I believe knowing the outcome helped our kids stay a little more focused. Once they understood the real outcome of this family outing, they were more engaged.
It reminded me again how we all need to understand the why behind the what.
If we don’t know the purpose, then projects are just work. But when the dots are connected, and we know the outcome, we’re more engaged and more inspired.
Understanding the purpose of something really does matter.
Even for children.