By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
Two Jewish brothers went around encouraging fellow Jews to observe the commandments during a time of persecution called ‘pogroms.’ In one town, the governor found out and put them in jail. Their delight was to practice the Rabbinic customs, but in jail they became depressed. One inmate asked, “When you got here, you were full of joy. But now you look miserable. What’s wrong?” They replied, “Our delight is in observing the Torah, but here with that toilet bowl in the same room, we can’t do it. It’s forbidden.” The inmate after some thoughtful silence said, “Well, the fact you’re observing that prohibition is itself practicing the Torah!”
My question to us as parents and educators is: how can we enjoy and celebrate the ordinary times of our lives and teach that to children? I raise this question because if we have exciting programs for children’s ministry, attendance will increase. Therefore, I planned on inviting magic acts, puppet shows and music bands. The big problem is that most of them were already invited by local preschools and day care centers that your children attend.
Moreover, I began to realize the extraordinary happens every week in our classrooms. From time to time, I am asked to come into class to help or observe. The class talks about the story that was read or works on crafts, or eats snack. The way teachers interact with students, and the way students are engaged in putting together craft projects, are all seemingly ordinary. But to me they are extraordinary in that care and love are demonstrated. I cannot really put my finger on it but after class I walk out with joy in my heart and a spring in my step. I’m so grateful for our extraordinary teachers and students who transform class time into something special every week!
In For One More Day, Mitch Albom writes, “You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute.” Let’s teach our children and ourselves to celebrate our seemingly ordinary moments. In Christ we are already extraordinary and beloved!