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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