Sticker Chart Theology

March 26, 2008

Some of you may remember Curtis Hill.  Curtis was the associate pastor at Brainerd Baptist before recently taking a pastorate in Delaware.  Curtis is a good friend and an excellent minister of the gospel.  (When you have some time, download a few of Curtis’ sermons for the car or the jogging trail.  I think you’ll be encouraged by his biblical, down-to-earth preaching.  I highly recommend his three-part series on temptation.)   

Anyway, I couldn’t help but chuckle as Curtis recently described the following behavior of his young son:

Our son got a manners book the other day. What is a manners book, you ask? It has a chart that reminds you to say please, thank you, sorry, goodbye, etc, by placing a sticker on the chart every time you display good manners.

As Grandma and Grandpa were leaving yesterday, he seemed all too eager to say “Goodbye” to them. After saying goodbye, he quickly rushed to his book, and place the ‘Goodbye’ sticker on the chart. He also ‘accidentally’ knocked over his little sister, and was unusually quick to apologize. Within seconds the ‘Sorry’ sticker appeared on the chart. He is quite proud of his manners, and even more proud of his chart.

You can probably see where this is going.  Read Curtis’ insightful application here.

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