I ran a staple into my thumb decorating for Vacation Bible School (yeah, I know, it was a little klutzy). Oh, but it was worth the pain. Today we shared the story of Zacchaeus, a short tax collector that Jesus found up a tree. Zacchaeus was most likely a worshiper of money, selfish, and had a hard heart. But Jesus searched him out to have dinner with him. Zacchaeus was never the same.
I will never be the same.
When the Vacation Bible School director asked me to teach one of the classes, my mind went into teacher mode. I started to think about number of students, behavior management, and lesson plans. But, then I got my packet and my heart melted.
I get to share Jesus with very young children. I get to give them Bibles and tell them how big God's love is for them. Whether or not they remember to stand in a line or raise their hand is nothing compared with those truths.
This week I get to shower love on these children and open my heart to their precious lives.
Today, my two short Bible Study sessions with my kiddoes went by too fast. And, when it ended at 8pm tonight all I could think about was what I get to share with them tomorrow.
The whole time, Adela would not leave my side. Going through some jealousy/separation issues, she was better with me than with someone else. I threw my frustration out the window and decided that though it was inconvenient, it was also a gentle way to show love to her. I gave Adela her first real Bible today because she was there sitting with my K-2 students.
I pray God keeps this level of energy and excitement flowing through me. I will need it. And, I will love every single moment of this.
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