I had the honor of accompanying the FaithWorks! Praise Team on their trip to Hope Ministries last week. We crammed about a dozen kids and a few youth helpers into the church van and headed downtown. I’m not sure they totally got what they were going to be doing, but what they did know was that they were going to sing for some kids.
The kids had great questions as we toured the facility. The concept of a homeless shelter was new to most of them; some learned for the first time that there are kids who do not have a home to live in. Others realized that they have stuff that could be shared with others who have so little. A few wondered, after they got home, if these kids have birthday cakes.
When our crew entered the preschool area, several young children – maybe four or five – were waiting for us. I happened to notice one boy off in a corner. He was not sure what to do with all that was going on in front of him! He was trying to hide. He even had his eyes covered so we wouldn’t see him. Nobody made a big deal about it, they let him be.
As the kids began singing, the little ones were eager to start dancing and jumping right along with the music and our group. It became quite the energetic room! As I glanced at the little boy off in the corner, his hands had moved to his ears, but his eyes were at least open.
“That’s progress,” I thought.
After singing a few songs, we were invited to play in the next room with the resident children. Colorful balls and hoola hoops and cars and trikes and blocks were everywhere! The kids jumped right in and the room became a such a noisy place. But looking in through a window, was the little boy. He was wanting to know what was going on and he couldn’t stay away.
It crossed my mind this morning that we can learn something from this. Our lives should show something that others will want. Our lives should be a positive influence. Our lives should give. Our lives should jump and sing and dance and play and shout out our love of Jesus Christ.
I’ll be using this story to share with all of the elementary children this Sunday. I hope it will help them understand that when we serve others, we are serving God. Because you never know who’s eyes will be uncovered and who’s ears will be opened and who will move closer because they want to see and experience and grasp what you have.