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L I F E is God’s gift to us to be lived out “in truth and love” by God’s grace and through faith in Jesus. Let us be encouraged and determined to take the higher road and live life God’s way. (ew)
THIS WEEK’S BLOG
DAVID, a first grader
Do children respond when the communication gets through that we care for them? David, a first grader at North Linden School in Columbus, Ohio, was a real discipline problem early in the school year; and he was sent to the office quite often.
Some playground equipment had been added to our playground, and I went to each classroom talking about safety, etc. Before leaving, I would always ask if anyone knew why the teachers and I ordered the playground equipment for them with the answer being, “Because we care about you, that’s why!” (Saying it and showing it go together.)
In David’s class, I made a positive comment about him, saying, “I saw David holding out his hand helping another child onto the tunnel. That shows that he cares about others.”
The next day, David drew a picture and asked his teacher if he could show it to Mr. Winner. He was sitting in the hall by the office with a note, as he often had done; and I let him sit there for quite a while, as I often had done. But this time, instead of something bad, the note said “David wants to show you his picture.” I didn’t see a picture, and when I asked him if he wanted to get it, he said it was in his pocket. It had been folded several times in order to fit into his pocket. When I asked David to tell me about his picture, he said, “This is the school, this is the sun, this is the playground,” etc. There were also some letters on the picture, something like ILW. When I asked David what the letters meant, he pointed at the letters one by one and read, “I love Mr. Winner.” Wow, what a response which I still hold close to my heart!
Yes, children do respond when the communication gets through that we really care. And it’s important to know that there’s always an inward response in most children, even when we don’t see it outwardly.
Does God still work through people who share his love and truth with others and especially with children? And can there be any greater joy than doing so?
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 11:35).
A Note to Parents
I remember sending the following note (with slight editing) to parents in one of my schools, and I believe it still rings true today:
“Dear Parents, I believe you are the most important team member in promoting your child’s education and that your home is his/her greatest refuge. This is true because you, above all people on earth, have the power to consistently communicate to your children that you love them and believe in them and in their potential of making this world a better world.
Don’t stand up for your children when they are wrong (use tough love), but always stand beside them whether they are right or wrong. Most of us believe Mother Teresa was right when she said, ‘Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.’ She also said, ‘The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.’”
Now dear friends, we can blame poor parenting for the collapse of today’s society, and it is mostly true; but placing blame doesn’t solve the problem. We must find ways to reach as many of today’s parents as possible for Jesus. He alone is able to transform the heart of a parent and through them the hearts of their children.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).