Monday, July 16, 2012

A More Excellent Way~

And I will show you a still more excellent way.
~1Corinthians 12:31b, ESV

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?”

“Carrots!”

“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.


“Tomatoes!”

"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!!!!!!”


Silence.










Then, after a few smiles, followed by a twinkle in the eyes of the older children in the room, this 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
{Photo Credit}

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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(Re-posting from September 19, 2011)

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! It's so beautiful, and it's so true!! We are so quick to judge and criticize in our society that we forget how important it is to accept and love and build up.

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