One morning during worship, my five-year-old daughter passed the collection-basket, as it came and went, with a greater sense of urgency than usual. I told her to slow down.
She responded by informing me the ushers were in a race. Less than a minute later she told me which one won.
I responded by telling her what a lot of us adults need to hear – worship isn’t a race.
“I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.” (Psalm 119:15 NKJV)
There’s a news story out there on the web about a 6-year-old who was told by his teacher that “Jesus is not allowed in school” after bringing some candy canes for his classmates with a religiously themed note attached. Now I personally understand that the teacher was trying to use words that a 6-year-old could understand, but I also understand that explaining something in its simplicity does not do away with the truth, that being that the school is not interested in having Jesus around.
Schools can’t have Jesus around, huh? So what’s hanging around schools since Jesus isn’t allowed anymore? Contraceptives without the parent’s knowledge? Sure. Telling kids how to have sex instead of educating about sex? Sure. Teachers having sex with kids? Sure. Kids dressing like they’re ready for the late night streets and the beach? Sure. Kids relentlessly physically and mentally torturing other kids? Sure. Kids buying and selling drugs? Sure. Kids disrespecting and threatening their teachers? Sure. Kids taking the lives of others kids? Unfortunately and sadly, sure.
Why wouldn’t you encourage a 6-year-old boy who will soon be a 16-year-old young man to bring someone to school who can teach the other kids to love and respect their parents, to love and respect their self, to love and respect their fellow students, and to love and respect their teacher? We wouldn’t want kids growing up to do that would we?!
Look at the major problems that schools are dealing with today – large dropout rates, graduated ignorance, out-of-wedlock children having children, drugs, gangs and school shootings. Why didn’t this stuff happen 40 to 50 years ago anywhere close to the way it happens today? Is it because you couldn’t drop out of school? Nope. Is it because there weren’t any kids not interested in learning? Nope. Is it because kids weren’t capable of having sex? Nope. Is it because there was no such thing as a group of punks? Nope. Is it because there were no drugs? Nope. Is it because there were no guns? Nope.
One of the biggest contributing factors may just be that the last generation of adults were more interested in telling Jesus to stay home instead of coming to school with the kids resulting in a generation that doesn’t know about the Lord, because of a generation that didn’t want to know about him, thus resulting in a generation of kids who are being given an education for their physical side but are being deprived and starved of an education for the side that helps to temper the physical one.
So Jesus isn’t allowed in school? Where’s that getting our culture and our children?
“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.” (Judges 2:10)
The following is a real conversation that took place between me and my two-year-old last night…
Me: Do you want to take a bath?
My daughter: Un-uh.
Me: Do you want to take a shower?
My daughter: Un-uh.
Me: Do you want to stick your head in the toilet?
My daughter: Un-huh
“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)
If you need something to laugh at today I have something that I think will do the job. Here’s a link to a website that has a list of funny notes (some really funny) that kids wrote to various people. My personal favorite is the one about the dollar bills. I don’t know too much about the site but it seems safe enough. Enjoy!
“A merry heart does good, like medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22)
In his book “Kid’s Say The Darndest Things” Art Linkletter relates asking one boy: “What are you learning in school?” They boy replied: “Not to fight with friends.” “How do they do that?” “They read from the Bible: ‘thou shalt not kill’.” Art said: “I’m glad they’ve stopped killing at school play grounds. But have you been punished lately?” “Yes.” “For what?”, Art asked. “Hitting a kid in the face with a cupcake.” “Why did you do that?” The boy replied: “It’s not in the Bible.” Now that was one young man who had the right answer. We live in a world with shifting morals and changing ethics. The cultural pundits declare there are no absolute truths. But don’t you believe them. They speak according to the direction of the wind. But God’s word never changes and declares both right and wrong; good and evil. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
I’m not really into sports all that much, probably because my kids aren’t. If they were, then whatever they played would be my favorite. 🙂