Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that I have the privilege of working with children every Sunday at church. I call it a “privilege” because I LOVE little children! I love being with them, I love teaching them and most of all I love what they teach me.
A few months ago, I wrote about how a four year old taught me to take responsibility for my actions, to trust completely and to love unconditionally. This past week one of his classmates taught me another very important lesson.
Last Sunday, I was having one of “those” days. It was one of those days where everything seemed a struggle. I kept forgetting things, misplacing things and dropping things. I just felt “out of sync”. So when church was over, it seemed only natural that I could not find my car keys.
As I removed the contents of my purse one item at a time in search of my keys, a handsome little four year old with red hair and big blue eyes watched intently. As I reached the depths of the black hole that resides in the bottom of my purse, I finally found my keys. The little four year old looked up at me with sincere eyes and a big smile and said “Good Job!”.
After I picked myself up from the puddle on the floor that I had melted into, I thought how powerful those two words were. I thought how two simple words uttered by this beautiful child had stopped me in my tracks and turned my day completely around.
As I reflected on this, I was reminded how little effort it takes to make someone feel appreciated and valued. I thought how the children’s faces seem to light up when I tell them that they did a good job. Then I remembered that adult’s faces light up that same way when I tell them “good job”. We all need to be reminded that what we do and who we are matters.
Once again, I was reminded of an important lesson by the example of a four year old. I was reminded that two words can change a person’s entire day. I was reminded that from time to time, we all need to hear that we are doing a “good job”. So, I am going to try and be more like a four year old this week. After all, don’t we have to become “as a little child” to inherit the kingdom of Heaven?