Family Quits Reading ATI Newsletter
The Rutger family, an ATI family in Georgia, has quit reading the ATI Newsletter after experiencing severe discouragement. "Every month's newsletter had a new report of a superstar family doing mighty deeds. We felt like we were having a good day if we could all get dressed by noon," said Mrs. Rutger.
Mr. Rutger dreaded reading about other fathers who rose early to pray and lead their families in Wisdom Search. "It's kind of hit-and-miss for us."
The Rutger children are delighted to remove the ATI Newsletter's influence from the home. "Mom and Dad are a lot more relaxed. The pressure's off." Previously, Mr. and Mrs. Rutger often compared their children to families in the newsletter. "It's been a while since I've heard 'Why can't we be more like the McKim family?'" said a Rutger child.
Each month, when the newsletter comes in the mail, the family gathers in the backyard and burns it. Says Mrs. Rutger: "We have a new zest for life now that we don't have to be reminded of how unsuccessful we are!"