Social Graces with the GoGos

by Mindy Lockard on April 14, 2010

This morning I had the privilege of breakfasting with the Gogos!

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Who are the Gogos?

I’m so glad you asked.

The Gogos are a group of eighth grade girls who meet every Tuesday morning for bible study! They– as in their fearless leader my friend Brenda– invited me to join them and share my thoughts on combining faith with manners. Two things that go together like peanut butter and jelly, Mac and cheese, bacon and eggs!

Perhaps I shouldn’t blog just before the dinner hour…food for thought!

Back to faith and manners! Brenda has been taking the Gogos through one of my favorite books, Philippians, which provides so many great reminders for living a gracious life. Based on the teaching of one of the all time most mannerly, Jesus. Although He never talked about what fork to use, He is known for giving great lessons at supper.

During our time together, the Gogos and I talked about Social Graces. Graces, that we learn in scripture and how we apply them to social situations today, 2010.

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I just had to share the Social Graces the Gogos found in second chapter of Philippians. I think they hit it spot on.

• Be cooperative and not selfish with your friends
• Love people even if they are different
• Have each others backs, stand up for each other
• Encourage your friends to be Christ like
• Focus on other people instead of yourself
• Put other people before yourself
• Love each other
• Don’t push your way to the front
• Be cheerful
• Do not bicker
• Don’t second guess yourself
• Be uncorrupted
• Choose to be happy
• Don’t worry about what other’s think of you
• Listen to learn
• Set a good example by the way you live
• Live humbly as He did
• Be energetic in your Christian life

No matter what we believe, I think these Graces the Gogos came up with can be used by all of us on the go go!  Wouldn’t you say?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy 04.14.10 at 8:47 am

I think I will print out this list for the family…we are all needing lessons in communicating and grace and cooperation.

Jennifer 04.14.10 at 10:29 am

Way to go Gogos! We all need more people like you in our lives – Thank you for living graciously. Team Leader Brenda – You are an amazing example for these girls and for mothers like myself!

Mindy Lockard 04.14.10 at 10:36 am

I couldn’t agree more, Jen! I too was quite inspired.

Elizabeth Howard 04.15.10 at 7:50 am

What wonderful and valuable lessons for Gogos of any age! Glad that your breakfast with them went well.

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