4/10/09

Jesus Skateboards?

Throughout my college years from sophomore to senior year, I would volunteer in our Kid’s Church every Sunday. (Equivalent to Sunday School)

Honestly, some days I looked forward to this, and other days I wished I could just be upstairs in church service with everybody else.

I am still working on having a better servant’s heart.

But in all my time of teaching this class there is one Sunday, that I carry with me and think back on often.

At that time our church was just 2 years old and was pretty small. I only had about 5-8 kids in my class, so I knew each one of them pretty well and I knew their families.

One Sunday after I taught the lesson, I told the kids to draw a picture of what it would be like if Jesus came to spend a day with them.

One child drew a picture of Jesus feeding the poor with him.

One child drew a picture of Jesus and her picking up trash.

And then one child drew a picture of himself on a skateboard, and Jesus was right there skateboarding with him.

When I first saw his picture I was a bit confused, seeing two people riding skateboards I figured he had dismissed the assignment and just decided to draw what he wanted.

When I asked him what the picture was he said: “Oh this is me and Jesus skateboarding together, because I think that he loves me so much he would want to hang out with me for the day and see what I like to do for fun”

And right there I was taught something by one of my kids.

No matter how long I spent preparing for what I was going to teach that Sunday, I was taught.

How many times do I forget that God is right here with me when I go through my day?

He has given me a passion in life, and whether that is teaching, working on computers, or simply skateboarding, he has give me this passion and wants me to live my life for Him, serving Him through my passion.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I think the pictures of Jesus picking up trash, feeding the poor, etc were great, but so many times that is our ONLY picture of who He is.

So many times we limit Him to these things that the world sees as ‘good things’.

We often forget who He really is, that He wants to live our life with us. Our everyday, ordinary, routine, day to day tasks.

He wants us to include Him.

And that small child reminded me of this that Sunday.

So this Easter season, if you have no yet given Him a chance to join you in your everyday tasks, I encourage you to give Him a chance.

He will not disappoint you.

We encounter God in the ordinariness of life, not in search for spiritual highs and extraordinary mystical experiences but in our simple presence in life ~ Brennan Manning

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27 comments:

Candice said...

I love that story...kids have the best way of teaching us right back! Have a wonderful Easter!

Candice said...

What a great post! I really enjoyed this...and it's so true!

Thanks for the nice comment. We just started running a year ago January. So, it's been a little over a year. We started training for a half marathon, and our first training run was 3 miles. I was so scared that we wouldn't make it through that first run. I had never run before except in basketball. I believe that anyone can build up the endurance to run, but some people just don't enjoy it as much as others!

Thanks for sharing this story, and have a great Easter!

B said...

Kids have a way of surprising people. Great post!

and Happy Easter!

THE Stephanie said...

So true, Megan!

Rebecca Jo said...

Made me think of those figurines out that has Jesus doing all sorts of sports with kids... LOVE THAT IMAGE!!! What a smart little child! And what a lesson to be learned!

Suzette said...

What an awesome post!

Julia said...

That was such a great post...and such a good reminder for Good Friday!

writing4612 said...

I echo everyone when I say that is so true. God wants to be involved in EVERY aspect of our lives.

Rachel said...

What a beautiful reminder. So glad you shared this little story with us :)

Lauren said...

Oh I love this post...and it almost gave me goosebumps...how often we forget that he is right there walking with us each day! Happy Easter!

*~! megs !~* said...

awesome post. you couldn't have said it better

Lauren Kelly said...

Absolutely LOVED this Megan!!!!!! What we could learn from children if we just really take the time to listen and our hearts are opened to receive. Thank you for this!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

so true girl, have a great Easter weekend!

Little Lovables said...

What a cute story!

I feel the same way as you. My church calling is in with the 18 month-3 year olds. While I love it in ther, I do often wiash to be in the adult classes! But our callings can be so short in specific areas, so I try to remember that on those especially rough days! (they are usually insightful and sweet kids though)

MRS. CJK said...

This is an awesome story. Thank you so much for sharing.

Heather said...

I absolutely LOVE this, Megan! You have such a precious heart for the Lord. Happy Easter!

Melissa said...

Sweet story...thanks for sharing!

Jenna said...

Girl, YES. You hit the nail on the head. I love that story!

Faith said...

Beautiful post, Megan. I hope y'all have a blessed Easter celebrating that He is risen!!

petrii said...

Megan,
What a beautiful picture of Jesus' love for us. He wants to be right in the midst of everything we do, it's up to us to make sure we invite Him there.

This was beautiful ~~ love ya girl ~~ have a Beautiful Easter,
Dawn

My name is Megan... said...

such a sweet story! I bet it was amazing to be their teacher! Also wonderful that you can take things like that in. hope you have a great weekend!! xoxo

d.a.r. said...

What an amazing story!!!

Amber said...

What a powerful reminder! Thanks for sharing.

Becca said...

What a great story! :-) I LOVE that we serve a God who cares about what we care about and loves being a part of everything we do! Happy Easter!

Nessa said...

Thats awesome! Love this post and now im a groupie! ;)

Trina said...

Good stuff :)

Mrs. Haid said...

I love this post! I might link it from my blog!