Today was such an awesome day in our church's nursery! Some Sundays I get assigned to the nursery at my church, where I have an opportunity to hang out with some of the funnest, goofiest kids around. This Sunday was no different.
We went to the nursery and the kids instantly ransacked the bin of toys. Lego blocks flying everywhere, babies crying because they miss their parent, and etc. etc. The kids were on 100 and the adults were on 83.....combined. Just kidding. We were ready to serve. We had a good time today especially though. In time the wee one that cried just grabbed a doll and ended up falling asleep on the lap of one of the nursery workers. The rest of the kids, myself, and another nursery worker all somehow played outdoor games inside. Anyone who knows me knows I'm easily paranoid whenever I see kids jumping on things and running around. I'm just nervous that one of them is gonna fall and hurt themselves or something. So you can only imagine how I felt with us playing tag, hide & seek ( in an almost empty room with nothing to hide behind. But hey, the kids enjoyed it.) and Marco Polo? Yup! And most of it was my idea, paranoia and all.
Anywho, Here we are, playing all these games. Not one kid was arguing with another. No kids felt left out, and we were all having a blast, especially when it was time for Marco Polo and Hide & Seek. Man did those kids have fun!
Then snack time came. The kids waited patiently for their snacks, no complaining or interruptions. Just waiting. They were super respectful and said thank you and everything. Then God gave me an opportunity unlike any other to share a little with them about the Gospel. Yup. Somehow, giving out Cheerios provided a way for me to talk about Christ. I thanked the kids for being kind, which in turn allowed me to remind them about the Christ, the one who showed true kindess by him taking our sins on himself. Then one little boy popped up and reminded me of what Christ accomplished on the cross! It was refreshing to hear truth come from this child in our nursery.
From there we played a little more and while they ate snack we just talked and laughed and then it was time for communion.
While I was serving the children it hit me. These children had a lot of respect for me and the other nursery workers. We're older, some with children and some not, but it was a time for them to see godliness exercised through us. See, I may not be married or with children, but I am still called to live a biblical and godly lifestyle around people and especially children. It reminded me to aim for holiness with those younger than me, and to set an example of what a godly man should look like, not so I can get any applause, but so the children, when they come to Christ, would also aim to look to Christ and be made holy. It reminds me of the scripture when Paul encouraged the saints to imitate him as he imitates Christ.
I pray that this life of holiness and Godliness would be something that would grow more in me as I look to Christ, and that it would be something I aim to reflect around children and adults. Who knew Children and Cheerios could remind me to live like Christ?
P.S. Marco Polo was straight lit. Good times.