Tuesday, January 4, 2011

21 Rules of This House

A while back, I attended a small group fellowship for young families in my dad’s church.  My dad, as pastor, was working through Gregg Harris’s 21 Rules of This House.  I was struck by the wisdom and simplicity of the rules.  They just make sense.  This list was posted on the refrigerator when I was a kid, and the lessons have stuck in many ways.  I’d like them to stick in more ways!

I decided at that time to work through the rules on my blog.  I want to do this to expose people that might not otherwise have seen them, but also to work through them for my own family’s benefit!  All comments and feedback are welcomed from anyone who wants to follow along with me!

Of course, it’s important to remember that the ultimate rules for living come from the 10 Commandments and the teachings of Jesus Christ, but these 21 simple rules are a practical application of how we are taught to live in Scripture. 

What I would like to do is take one rule per week and just give my thoughts on how to apply it to the home.  I want to correlate it with the 10 Commandments and other verses in the Bible.  I want to share how Todd and I plan to teach the rule in our home.

Without further ado….here are the 21 Rules of This House!

1. We obey God.
2. We love, honor and pray for one another.
3. We tell the truth.
4. We consider one another's interests ahead of our own.
5. We speak quietly and respectfully with one another.
6. We do not hurt one another with unkind words or deeds.
7. When someone needs correction, we correct him in love.
8. When someone is sorry, we forgive him.
9. When someone is sad, we comfort him.
10. When someone is happy, we rejoice with him.
11. When we have something nice to share, we share it.
12. When we have work to do, we do it without complaining.
13. We take good care of everything that God has given us.
14. We do not create unnecessary work for others.
15. When we open something, we close it.
16. When we take something out, we put it away.
17. When we turn something on, we turn it off.
18. When we make a mess, we clean it up.
19. When we do not know what to do, we ask.
20. When we go out, we act just as if we were in this house.
21. When we disobey or forget any of the 21 Rules of This House, we accept
the discipline and instruction of the Lord.


Mary said...

Joanna I love your blog! I grew up in Clinton going to church at FBC. You probably won't remember me, but maybe you remember my parents, Mark and Janet Singleton. My name is now Mary S. Sexton. I found your blog via Facebook when Madel Carline posted a link to your blog. Anyways, I love your blog and now I'm following it. I've got a blog too, mostly about gardening/nature stuff.

Joanna J. said...

Of course I remember you, Mary! You're all grown up now! I'll definitely check out your blog. I have a black thumb when it comes to gardening, so I could use some tips. :)

Welcome, and feel free to follow along and comment anytime!

Joanna :)

Anonymous said...

Joanna, I am really looking forward to how you do this! Love the list of rules, and I'm definitely intrigued. Might have to come up with a plan (or, just copy you :)!

Todd Jones said...

Wow......14-19 are going to be tough! Better get my game on.

Anonymous said...

what an excellent idea to keep these ideals constantly before you. can't wait to follow along with you, jt