Last Sunday during singing time with the 8-11 year olds, the
chorister was teaching the kids different ways to sing familiar
songs. Just after she announced, "Now this next song I want you
to sing as loud as you can, without yelling." ….the little 8 year
old boy sitting next to me said, "I think you might want to cover
your ears because it's going to be very loud in here."
I do have a bad ear so I said, "Okay, I'm going to go step out into
the hallway. You take care of the class for me while I'm gone."
And out I went.
After it was over I came back to sit by that same boy and I said to
him, "That was so kind of you to give me that warning. But how
did you know I had a bad ear?"
He sat up straighter and seemed so proud as he told me, "I know
because all old people have problems with their ears!"
So serious he was.
This reminded me of just 4 days earlier when I was giving a lesson
to fourteen girls ages 8-11. We were all sitting on the floor as we
talked together about service and ways we can help other people.
The lesson was going along just fine and then suddenly one of the
girls said to me, "Do you know you are wearing two different
I looked down in shock. How could I have done this? I quickly
removed the shoes and sort of threw them under the table. I heard a
few little giggles. Then I told the girls how embarrassed I felt. The
room became quiet as those girls sat there with endearing
sympathetic looks on their faces. Finally one girl said, "I've done
that before." She was trying to make me feel better!
Tonight before I went visiting teaching, I read through the message
the monthly message. It was about trying to be more Christ
like….how we need to strive to be more like little
children without guile: innocent, honest intent, with pure motives.
I'm thankful for the little people in my life. I want to be more like