Each Christmas my sons’ daycare put on a program for parents. From baby to kindergarten, each child had a part to play and each child was celebrated for his or her part no matter how big or small. It was so fun to watch the children be themselves. Some performed on cue with excellence and others stepped away from the stage and did their own thing. It didn’t really matter if they were exceptional or not. The audience was gracious and encouraging. They clapped and cheered for all of them.
A couple of times two of the littlest ones wandered off stage and into their parents’ arms. The teachers were gracious and helpful, and gave them liberty to be their own performer. If one of them forgot their part, someone helped out. There was so much laughter and cheering. I clapped so hard a couple of times my hands stung just a bit.
One year driving home, I reflected on the attitude of the audience. They were parents, family and friends—people who loved the performers on stage. Perhaps if we, as the body of Christ (myself included), did a better job of choosing love rather than pointing out one another’s faults, could help each other learn, grow and reach our full potential—not just spiritually—but in every area of life. I’ve been guilty of majoring on the minors. I have focused more on the delivery than the one delivering the message.
It’s time to grow up in God, and help others do the same. Maybe if we do a better job of cheering for our family in Christ, especially those who are new in the faith instead of criticizing and pointing to the rules of right and wrong, we can make a difference like no generation before us.
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“It is the consciousness of the threefold joy of the Lord, His joy in ransoming us, His joy in dwelling within us as our Savior and Power for fruit bearing and His joy in possessing us, as His Bride and His delight; it is the consciousness of this joy which is our real strength. Our joy in Him may be a fluctuating thing: His joy in us knows no change.” ~Hudson Taylor