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Probably about 5 years ago, we decided to try an experiment with Summer Bible School. Instead of having a week-long event for the children, meeting each morning, we would do three evenings for all ages.  Not surprisingly, I taught the adults.

To the surprise of many of the adults, we had craft time the same as the children.  Each person got to ink a quilt square.  The lady in charge was absent that night, replaced by her son, a college student.  “Draw whatever it is that makes you think of church.”  I had stepped out when it was the children’s turn and a few sat in thought but before long they were all drawing.  Some chatting.  Some laughing.  Having fun.

When it was time for the adults to take their turn, we received the instructions.  No one moved.  Then the questions started.  “Can we do this?”  “Is this right?”  “What about…”

The same assignment, two entirely different responses.  For the most part, the adults managed to take a fun craft and turn it into WORK.  That’s a four-letter word in case you didn’t notice.

JOY.  Three letters.  And a completely different attitude.

I’d love to think that I approach the tasks that God gives me with this JOY but I have my suspicions that it would be a good idea to remember to do this more often.

–SueBE

Have a Mary Little Christmas

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