Monday, September 19, 2011

A More Excellent Way~

And I will show you a still more excellent way. I Corinthians 12:31b

As the children arrive at Children’s Church, they are exploding with stories about what is happening in their world. This past weekend was no exception.

“Guess what, Ms.Stacy! We planted a garden at our house and it is so much fun! And, guess what ?! Now, we have lots of good food to eat!”

“How wonderful! What did you plant in your garden?”


“Mmmmmm….I love carrots!” This comment came from the little girl sitting next to the young gardener.

“Green beans!”

“Mmmmmmm…I love green beans!” This comment came from a boy in the second row.


"Mmmmmmm…I love tomatoes!” This comment came from me!

“WOW! Isn’t God wonderful to have made so many different kinds of vegetables for us to enjoy?”

“Yeah,” said a youngster visiting with us for the first time, “I love cucumbers.”

“My mom really likes squash, and I guess it's ok.”, said a quiet girl in the front row.

“Well…….I looooooooooooooooooooooooooooove corn!” announced another. And, with this declaration, the entire room erupted in “me, too! me, too!”

“I love butter!!”


Then, after a few smiles, followed by a twinkle in the eyes of the older children in the room, the comment from the youngest member of our group, a precious little girl barely three years old, was celebrated.

“Me, too!”

“I L-O-V-E butter!”

“Yeah, butter is the best!!!!”

And with that, the little girl just beamed. And so did I.

So often we are quick to point out the mistakes of others. We look for any chance to point our finger, correct and condemn. Not these kids.

Did they realize the error? Yes, indeed. But, they made a conscious choice to lift up this little girl instead of put her down.

They chose a more excellent way. 

child 3
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These precious little hearts chose love.  Instead of handing out judgment, they extended grace.

How God must have smiled.

Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything.
1 Peter 4:8, The Message

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  1. How cute! I love little kids stories and the things they say! How wonderful they encouraged each other rather than discouraged. We can all use that lesson! Glad to be a new follower!!

  2. Really enjoyed this, Stacy. In innocence kids can teach us so many of God's ways. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  3. So awesome! I love how children can speak to the deepest pasts of us whether we acknowledge it or not. And thanks so much for stoppin by my blog this weekend? I've been looking around YOURS and I really like what I'm seeing :) Do you, by chance talk on a Christian radion station?

  4. Beautiful Stacy - I love how the children teach us so much. Now if only we'd learn :)
    God bless

  5. From the mouths of babes. Wonderful story.
    And one of my favorite verses from Peter.
    Thank you for your keen eye today.

    All thru Him,

  6. This is the sweetest story -- thank you for making me smile tonight.

  7. So sweet. Grace can be extended in the smallest and the biggest ways. But to whom it is extended: it is always big.


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