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Things I've Learned From Working With Children

We were doing a VBS Program. A small boy came into the room wearing glasses and full of energy. It did not take us too long to figure out that he had never been to church before. He ran every length of the Sanctuary using an extremely loud voice and we watched as several workers tried to corral him. He was a tough little guy. We started to worship using sign language to sing with our songs, I noticed he did not have a hand. He stood there, as the shock came over him that he could not do the sign language and I was devastated for him. He acted unaffected, but it was really tough for him. For so many years, we have used sign language to share our music and memory verses and this was the first time we ever faced a problem like this. We moved through the songs and into the lesson portion of the evening and my little buddy was just as confused as we talked about God's love. I prayed for him, I knew what it was like to go to a church without a family and friends that I recognized. I knew what it was like to be totally lost in what to do and how to behave, it was all foreign to me when I was small so I prayed even harder. We concluded the night with a drawing and as we went to the motel, I wondered if we would see him again the next night.

The next night, he was there, I was so relieved that he came back. Same format, same songs, same sign language, but he was changed.I pushed back the tears as he did the sign language with just one hand. He focused and did half of the signs and did them with such sweetness, it was truly an inspiration. He won a ring pop that night for best improved, but what I received was a big hug at the end of the night. The next night he was a different little man, in fact, he was so well behaved I forgot he was there.

I am so glad that Jesus can look beyond our infirmities in all their forms. Jesus gives us nothing but love and affirmation. He restores our soul and He is the Lifter of our heads.

My little friend could have sat down and not participated and felt sorry for himself, but he truly worshiped with all his heart and all his body. It was a living object lesson to me that I have no excuse not to worship whatever state I am in. God knows the position of the heart more than he recognizes the position of the body.

Psalm 86:12

I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.

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