Guess I’m going sort of out of order here. Let me rewind to yesterday’s class. We had a great day. I asked B. to come talk to the class about her mission trip to Panama. She’s an awesome young lady and has such a heart for following God. We usually combine the 2nd/3rd grade class with the 4th/5th grade class for Praise & Worship, then separate for the rest of the lesson. We stayed together on Sunday so everyone could hear her testimony and see her pictures. The picture of the wild monkey was overwhelmingly the favorite. She’s smart – she mentioned early in her talk that there would be a pic. of a monkey for them to see so they held on pretty tightly, not wanting to miss it. 🙂 Salvations? yeah, ok..where is the monkey? Selflessly following the Lord? yeah, ok..where is the monkey? It was kind of funny actually. Not that they were saying it out loud, but I’m guessing a few were thinking it.
The talk went longer than we had planned, and the kiddos got a little restless, so after the young-uns went to their class, I took the 4th/5th graders outside and they ran around the parking lot a few times, got some energy out. Then, since it was such a beautiful day, we finished our lesson outside in the grass. It was such a great time. So peaceful. I think they were nervous to break the mood, or that if they acted up we wouldn’t get to come outside again…but all 27 kids were attentive, respectful and just awesome. We talked about the importance of the bible, how it is inspired by God and accurate historically, prophetically and all the other “ally”‘s. We tied it in to B’s Mission trip talk by discussing what the bible says is our purpose here, to SHARE the good news. To tell people about God. But, not to get in their face and say “you’re goin’ to HELL!”…but to reach out and fill their needs FIRST, offer them a helping hand FIRST, listening to them and being their friend FIRST. Showing them the love of God through your actions, not your words. And being a REAL friend – not just trying to add notches to your “salvation” belt.
I sometimes think people have gotten so lazy. They want to talk..or type a blog..about their good intentions and desired servitude.But who is actually out there LIVING Jesus’ instructions? “Forward this email, you’ll save a life”…”Sign this petition for someone somewhere to be spared the death penalty”…it’s easy to sit in front of a computer and desire to be a catalyst in our world. It’s hard to get up, turn your computer off and walk out the door BEING it.