Pick your precepts

My family prefers Netflix and sitting on the couch and subtitles. (Well, we’re split on subtitles.) Yet, after reading the book Wonder, we couldn’t wait to see the movie, so off we headed to the theater.

I packed tissues.

The story revolves around Auggie—a boy born with craniofacial differences—as he heads to middle school and faces taunts, bullies, and loneliness. Frankly, those are things all humans face—though not nearly to the same degree Auggie does—and that’s why Auggie’s teacher Mr. Browne and his precepts are so popular. Mr. Browne’s September precept, “If you have a choice between being right and being kind, choose kind” (Dr. Wayne W. Dyer), wouldn’t be needed if everyone actually could choose to be kind without needing a reminder. Instead, #choosekind is trending because we see all the times humans (ourselves included) don’t.

That got me thinking . . .

What precepts am I living by? 

Which ones am I passing along?

If it’s true that “your deeds are your monuments” (October’s precept, inscribed on an Egyptian tomb), what is my monument? I mean, I know exactly which sentences my kiddos hear me saying because they tell me all the time. But am I passing along important messages, not only to my children but also to my coworkers, my friends, the people I work out with, or my neighbors? Do my deeds tell you what is truly important to me?

Really, I hope that my words and actions pass along not Mr. Browne’s precepts but God’s. I hope each day to say, “This has been my practice: I obey your precepts” (Psalm 119:56) all because “the precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart” (Psalm 19:8).

What are some of your precepts? Share in the comments; I’d love to hear them!

Also, consider sharing them other ways too. Here are three great ways . . .

  1. Post them on a whiteboard. In our house, we use a whiteboard as our prayer request list. It’s also a great place to put a precept that we took away from our Bible reading or from a sermon that touched our family’s heart.
  2. Text them. We all need encouragement each day, so pass along a favorite quote, passage, or photo to brighten someone’s day. 
  3. Post on social media. Be a light on a hill. Challenge yourself to share the reason for the hope that you have. 

Linda Buxa is a writer and editor. After seeing Wonder, her son told her, “You’re just like the mom in that movie.” She knows he meant that the mom tended to cry a lot. She’s pretending, however, he meant that she looks just like Julia Roberts.