********* Posted March 11, 2012 Share Posted March 11, 2012 My dentist has a yearly contest where kids can submit an essay about a good deed they've done, and the prize is a laptop. The point of the contest is to encourage kids to do good things. He says that there is so much focus on the negative in the news media that he wants to focus on the good that kids/teens do. My dentist also is a professing Christian. In Matthew 6, Jesus talks about how we are not to 'advertise', if you will, our good deeds. So while I get the point and spirit of the contest that my dentist does, I don't think it's a good thing to encourage kids to brag about their good deeds. So how do we encourage other believers children in their good deeds if we don't know about them? Or is it not necessary for us to encourage them in the first place? Just pondering, and wondering what the hive thinks. I wanted to share my thoughts about the contest with my dentist, but I cannot come up with an alternative idea to suggest. I don't want to just say 'I think your contest has a bad focus'. I wanted to also be able to suggest a way he could have a contest that encourages kids to do good deeds without having them brag on themselves. Does that make sense? But I can't think of how one would do that. I was thinking perhaps of suggesting that the essays be about someone ELSE that did a good deed that they know of, but that might be a lot harder, since we're not really supposed to know of other's good deeds! :tongue_smilie: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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