Friday, November 09, 2012

Sometimes I'm speechless

Overheard in my 2nd grade art class this week while working on color theory--shades and tints:

Little girl to little boy: "Did you know you have an angel? You do. I wonder what your angel looks like."

Me: speechless as the little boy began to draw angels in his artwork

Later that same day in a 1st grade art class while working on color theory--warm and cool colors:

Little girl singing to herself: "Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so..."

Me: speechless, rejoicing inside

Overheard the day before in a drugstore checkout line:

Little girl to her mother: "Look Mom! (Pointing to bottles of 5-Hour Energy on the counter) That's what they had in Jack and Jill (the PG-rated movie starring Adam Sandler)!

Her mom and me: just speechless

I am so blessed to work in a place where teaching academics is infused and fueled by the TRUTH. My first and second graders are hearing the TRUTH in school and hopefully, at home. But the world does not serve up truth to our kids. Apparently some advertising execs and others with $$ in their eyes would rather have your child hooked on 5-Hour Energy than the eternal truth of the gospel.

The truth is, it is up to us to teach our children the TRUTH. Here's what Scripture says about it:

Deuteronomy 11:13-21
"So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.  Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you.  Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,  so that your days and the days of your children may be many..."

Matthew 18:10
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."

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