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Kid Shoes

The pre-k and kindergarten students (at school) are my favorites. These little guys are such literal thinkers; and whatever they’re thinking is right on the surface. They also say the most amazing things!

One of my favorite pass times is to joke and laugh with my young friends. I playfully test their powers of inductive reasoning, which are still developing.

Me, to a four-year-old: “I love your shoes! May I borrow them sometime?” (I say this while putting my size 11 foot next to theirs).

I can see their “wheels turning” as they try to process my request. Most of them can’t quite come to the conclusion that I’m joking, but every now and then a little one does.

You would have to become a kid, Mr. Duncan!

Chad, four years old.

There’s a similar story, in three of the Gospels, when the disciples come to Jesus with a question: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He calls a little child over and has him stand in their midst.

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus, Matthew 18:3-4 (NIV)

Kind reader, if we want to follow Jesus–all the way to heaven–we’re gonna need some “kid shoes.” Are we humble enough to be big enough for the kingdom of God? I’m asking myself, too.

He must become greater; I must become less.

John the Baptist, John 3:30 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.


*I always fess up and tell the kids I’m joking about borrowing their shoes.

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By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

36 replies on “Kid Shoes”

It warms my heart to hear the ways you interact with your students, David. So many children need a father-figure–someone to pay them a little extra attention, make them laugh, show they care. You no doubt are providing just that for these little ones!

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Thank you, brother Alan.
By the way, I’m listening to “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy. We share a mutual love for classical music. 🎶☺️

Walking that mile in another’s shoes—no matter the size—is often the first step toward greater understanding.

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I love how you illustrate our spiritual need to think simply like children. It reminded me of the saying about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes, which has a spiritual application in how we should treat others. God bless you brother.

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I wonder if Jesus enjoyed the look on the disciples faces while they tried to process this as much as you do talking to these kids. We’re all a little guilty of thinking too literally. As you mentioned, humility is key. “Are we humble enough to be big enough for the kingdom?” Great question.

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Three to five-year-olds are my favorite age too. They’re like little sponges soaking up every observation they make and word they hear. I spent many years with that energetic group while working for over a decade in daycare. I remember they would ask something causing me to dive deep into my Bible and theology. A great post, David.

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It’s true! There’s a favorite song of mine called, 🎶”Thank God for Kids. ”🎶 One line says, “The closest thing to heaven is a child.”

My parents were both educators in the public school system; that makes me a teacher’s kid. I vowed that I’d never be a teacher —because of it. Boy, was I wrong!
I am grateful for your thoughts, Jo. God Bless!

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Thought of you while writing this one, Matt. We pull some of the same shenanigans with our students. Another favorite of mine is to catch them as they get out of the car in front of the school and say, “Can you tell me where Freedom elementary is?”

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Kids can be so cute and innocent! 🙂Amen. Humility is so important and pride is a sin that other sins seem to originate from. Pride and unbelief. Thank you David, for this very important reminder! 🙏🏾

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Reminds me of the kid this week who raised his hand while I stood about one foot away from him.

I said, “High five?” And we high fived. After a short awkward moment, I said, “Oh did you have a question?”

We had a good laugh. Maybe you had to be there.

Have a great weekend, David!

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I love hearing your stories about the kids you teach. And I appreciate the way you find spiritual lessons and share them with us. This is such a great (and needed) reminder to put on those kid shoes. Thanks, David! Have a great weekend.

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Agreed, Maggie Rae! I sometimes call my young friends “super sages” for the wise things they say. Their minds, for the most part, aren’t fogged over with adult concerns. Thank you for reading and commenting! God Bless.

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Thank you, Mandy! As I wrote about working with my young friends I started to get emotional, because it’s really what God designed me to do. I teach children, and I help and encourage people. That’s my jam. But enough about me. I appreciate you stopping by today. God’s best to you and Nathan!

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