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Sincerity Craft

Most children above two years of age will be able to complete this craft with very little help from you. In fact, its meaning is clearer if they do not have help!

Tell your children that they are going to make sincerity masks – masks that show feelings.

Talk a little about feelings.

Talk about a few common emotions: happiness, anger, fear, surprise, guilt, etc.

Children should decide by themselves what kind of mask they will make, so be sure they understand emotions.

Set out a variety of craft supplies that can be used to create masks.

You might provide:

•    cardboard or heavy cardstock
•    colored construction paper
•    paper plates
•    yarn, string, or elastic
•    crayons, markers, and pencils
•    paste or glue
•    scissors, stapler, etc.

Use your imagination – and let children suggest additional ideas for materials.

When the masks are done, talk about how masks hide our real faces. They hide our emotions, too. We may feel very happy wearing a sad mask. The mask is not our true feeling. You see a sad person, but what you get is a happy person.

Teach children that masks are not sincere.

Talk about how important sincerity is:

People want to know who you really are and what you really feel. They do not […]

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The Transparency of Sincerity

Do you know people who shield their lives with façades – false, superficial, or artificial appearances? They pretend by their dress, actions, and words that they are better than they are. They wear a disguise of sorts, a veneer that covers the real person. They lack sincerity. They lack transparency.

You know the properties of transparency. We can see through things that have transparency: clean, unfrosted glass, for example.

The transparency of sincerity is like glass – you can see through it – it is free from pretense or deceit. It is real and consistent.

Those who have built real sincerity into their lives are transparent. They do not pretend to be something they are not. They wear no  disguise. What you see is what you get.

Dogs are known for their sincerity. Cats are not, and parakeets…?

Very young children often manifest sincerity. They may even embarrass you with the transparency of their sincerity!

I attended a gathering one evening where a small boy embarrassed his parents quite thoroughly.

An older woman, long salt-and-pepper hair hanging in tangled curls on her back, was talking to the boy’s parents. The little redhead stared long and hard at the woman for several minutes, and then shot a loud […]

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Sincerity Meter

How high do you push the meter?

Give yourself 5 points for every statement you can honestly speak. Give yourself no points if you must admit that it is not entirely true of you. Then see how high you have pushed the sincerity meter.

The meter goes up to 100!

1.    I always mean exactly what I say.
2.    I say only what I mean and nothing more.
3.    I never use flattery on anyone.
4.    I sing only words I believe, including in religious services.
5.    I am what I am, without any pretense to be something more.
6.    I always practice what I preach.
7.    I am authentic – the real thing through and through.
8.    I am totally unaffected.
9.    I am artless.
10.    I am frank.
11.    I am genuine.
12.    I am as open as an open book.
13.    I always use heartfelt words, not telling people only what I know they want to hear.
14.    I act with candor.
15.    I never pretend kindness toward anyone.
16.    I never feign interest in what others say or do.
17.    I never exaggerate the truth.
18.    I am earnest.
19.    I am real.
20.    I am transparent.

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Without Wax!

Have you ever researched the origins of the word sincerity?

As many of our English words do, this word comes from the Latin language. Two Latin words were joined to form sincerity:

•    sine = without
•    cere = wax

Surprising, isn’t it?

What could wax possibly have to do with your sincerity – or your lack of sincerity, for that matter?

In the days when this word came into being, it was directed toward one group of people in the Roman empire – the potters.

Roman potters learned that people liked the lines of Greek pottery, so they often tried to copy those styles. Some of those potters employed underhanded techniques in making their copied pottery. They used substandard clay for their work.

No one today would do such a thing, would they?

Anyway, the potters would use poor quality clay, form their copied pots, and set them aside to dry and harden. As the pottery dried and hardened, small cracks and pits often occurred.

What did the wily, deceitful potters do?

They simply filled the cracks and pits with wax. Then they painted over the wax. Voila! A beautiful Grecian urn!

Suppose you bought one of their pieces? Suppose you found their prices irresistible, and purchased the fine-looking pottery? You […]

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Sincerity for Samuel and Samantha

One bright September day, Samuel and Samantha ran home from school early.

“We’re going to make gifts for Grams and Gramps for Grandparents’ Day,” said Samuel. He threw his red jacket on a chair and reached for a big chocolate chip cookie.

“To show our sincere love,” added Samantha, hanging up her purple jacket, and reaching for a warm cookie.

Mother smiled. “Are parents allowed to give ideas?”

“No!” Samantha said.

“You can give us money for supplies, though,” Samuel said, his mouth oozing cookie crumbs.

“I’ll give you five dollars each,” said Mother, “and take you to the store to get what you need.”

As Mother went to get the money, Samantha whispered. “Five dollars is enough to buy a gift. We won’t have to make them.”

Samuel shook his head. “Why spend our whole five dollars on gifts? Let’s just buy construction paper, and keep the rest for ourselves!” He wiped his hand across a big grin.

“But Mother….”

“Here’s your money,” said Mother, coming back. “Let’s go.”

They were on their way in ten minutes, and in ten minutes more, they were in a big store. Mother made them promise to stay together, and to meet her at the front door in one half hour.

“We promise,” they said, […]