Tuesday went by so fast it was almost a blur. We did everything this day that we had on Monday, except we had 65 kids this time around! Some kids didn’t come back, some new kids came, but either way, there were LOTS of them!
Another cool way that God worked in me was by simply using the kids! I like kids, but I’ve never really been one to jump at the opportunity to volunteer in the nursery or lead sunday school. I like kids, but it’s just not really my area. But God blessed me so much through them. Seeing their joy, simplicity, and love radically changed my attitude. I never truly understood this verse until I was able to play with the kids in Costa Rica; “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
It’s so humbling to have a little girl run up to you and hold your hand. That’s what Krystal did. I hadn’t seen her around or noticed her at all. But she came straight up to me, grabbed my hand, and smiled. Her love for others was so evident just in her smile. It was the kind of smile you can’t ignore, because it makes you smile in return. She didn’t just hold my hand the rest of the day. But she also came up and wanted hugs, piggyback rides, and to simply be held. What a gift! I loved feeling her tiny arms clutching my neck, and her little giggles as we jumped around. It didn’t matter that we were sweaty, looked gross, and had empty stomachs; we simply enjoyed what we were doing and who we were doing it with. She didn’t care much about perfecting her skills or her team’s scrimage, she just wanted to enjoy our company and be with us.
Being with kids for a week was such a good reminder of where my attitude has been and where it should be. Did I really need to worry about what to wear that day? Should I really be concerned if their nametags are falling off? Of course not! The tiny details don’t matter! It’s all about knowing God’s love, and giving it out to others. And the more I was around kids, the more I realized that they knew this fact, a lot better than me. 🙂