The Seventeen Second Miracle
While reading Jason Wright’s new book “The Seventeen Second Miracle” and after listening to President Monson’s talk on gratitude, I was inspired with an idea for my family. If any of you haven’t read the book, then you really should. I totally loved it. I bought each member of my family a little notebook and made a sticker cover for it as shown below. After reading the story in the book of Rex, Sparks, and Flick, and relating the story of his first encounter with the lady at Woolworth’s I talked to our family of the importance of taking just 17 seconds out of your day to do something for someone else. I even had a stopwatch and had everyone be silent while 17 seconds ticked away. To some it seemed a long time and to others it was very short.
I then challenged each one to write down an act of kindness that was given to them that day and put the date. We each will keep track of our own little miracles that happen to us and after one month we will come back and talk about how it made us feel as we contemplated one act of kindness given to us that day. I also challenged them to make sure they gave 17 seconds of their life to someone else each day for a month as well. As stated in the book, the journal is only for recording the blessings given to you from someone else, not what you did for someone that day. I then talked about President Monson’s talk and how he related that “gratitude not expressed is like wrapping a present and then not giving it”.
Challenging our family to be more grateful, I bore my testimony of how powerful 17 seconds can be. It can even change someone’s life.
I loved conference and the powerful messages that were given from our Heavenly Father through His servants! What inspiration flowed through chosen vessels those two days.
For those of you who are willing to take the challenge I issued to my family, let me know. I would love to see how many of you loved it as much as I did. After 2 weeks I would like you to comment on how it went with yourself or your family. All those who let me know will have their name entered into a drawing for a Valentine’s Love Notes Packet. I will draw out two names. (There are 21 different Love Notes in the packet. See a copy of it below these pictures.)
Valentine’s Love Notes Packet