Ding Dong Ditch (Cookie Style)

image4gi5neHave you ever heard the expression “Idle hands are the Devils playground”?  During the summer as a kid, I had to stay at our family restaurant while my grandparents and parents worked….all day long.  I got pretty bored.  When I got bored, I found something to get into.  When I found something to get into, it was usually something I was not supposed to be in.  At one point, I stuck my sister in a half-full 10 pound sack of flour.  Another time, I pulled whole (dead and cleaned) chickens out of the fridge and made a birdy ballet.

I got into a lot of trouble because of the fact that I was just plain bored!  When caught, my Grandpa would tell me that “idle hands are the Devils playground.”  I was perplexed by this statement, because I was not being idle, I had foundsomething to entertain myself with!  But what he meant was, when you find yourself with nothing to do, you usually miss out on opportunities to do something of worth. Or, like me, you find yourself in sticky situations because there was nothing else to do.  So, as any amazing and wise grandfather would do, he found me something to do with my hands that kept me out of trouble, and out of the fridge playing with carcasses.  I became an expert potato peeler.   I peeled buckets and buckets of taters and made the breakfast customers really happy with an abundance of fresh hash browns.

So what does this have to do with you and your plans?  I am charging you not to become idle.  When you’re home, don’t just sit around your house all day bored and on Facebook, Twitter, and whatever else you teens find to pass the time.  I am charging you to pass the time with something edifying, creative, and something that will help others while blessing you for your efforts.  I believe Satan likes it when lovely Christian gals such as yourself are bored.  I think he likes the fact that you are being lazy and cooped up in the house all day!  If you are being idle, you are not glorifying God, and we all know that Satan loves that!

So here is my charge to you.  Go deliver cookies to some folks.  Find a buddy or two and make some baking magic in the kitchen. Then, make up these cute little baggies and go play a nice, friendly game of Ding Dong Ditch.  Get your Church Directory and your bulletin and make a list of people to go visit.  Think of the widows, widowers, the sick, and think of a few families with young kids at home.  Just think of how happy mom and the kids would be if they found a nice little baggie of cookies hanging from their doorknob!

Here’s what you do:

  1. Bake some cookies!  Make them from scratch, or go buy the premade stuff!
  2. After the cookies have cooled, place them in sandwich baggies.
  3. Cut a piece of scrapbook paper to the length of the bag, then make it 4 inches wide.
  4. Fold the scrapbook paper in half, and using a hole punch, place it on the top part of the sandwich baggie and hole punch the scrapbook paper, and the baggie.
  5. Lace yarn, ribbon, rope, or whatever you got on hand through the holes and make a nice little bow to use to hang the packages on the doorknobs.
  6. Write a “sweet” message on the scrapbook paper.
  7. Take your packages with you, and a friend (they need not be idle either), then go hang the package on your victims door knob….
  8. Ring the door bell and RUUUUUN back to your getaway car and safely, without hitting animals, or mailboxes, or pedestrians,  and drive off before they are able to answer the front door!

Repeat steps 7-8 until all of your packages are gone, and you feel a sweet feeling of happiness!

Ashley Hudson
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Ashley Hudson is a wife, mother to three, and redeemed by the merciful Savior. She and her family worship at the Madill church of Christ where her husband, Jake, is the minister. She writes a weekly blog called "There's An App For That" on Start2Finish, and is the author of the children's Bible class curriculum, GROW. Ashley enjoys unity found in the gospel, discount shopping, crockpot cooking, and football.

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