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The Heart and Wisdom of a Child
Some real short stories about kids.

The Lord Is My Shepherd

     A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible, Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the verse. Little Bobby was excited about the task, but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.
     On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Bobby was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, "The Lord is my shepherd and that's all I need to know."

A Dog Goes To School

     A dog had followed his owner to school. His owner was a fourth grader at a public elementary school. However, when the bell rang, the dog sidled inside the building and made it all the way to the child's classroom before a teacher noticed and shoo'ed him outside, closing the door behind him. The dog sat down, whimpered and stared at the closed doors. Then God appeared beside the dog, patted his head, and said, "Don't feel bad fella.'... they won't let ME in either."

He Shows Through

     This is a story about a little girl who, on the way home from church, turned to her mother and said,  "Mommy, the Preacher's sermon this morning confused me."
     The mother said,  "Oh! Why is that?
     The girl replied,  "Well, he said that God is bigger than we are.   Is that true?"
     "Yes, that's true,"  the mother replied.
     "He also said that God lives within us.  Is that true too?"
     Again the mother replied,  "Yes."
     "Well,"  said the girl.  "If God is bigger than us and He lives in us, wouldn't He show through?"

The Most Caring Child

     Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.  The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.  The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.  
     Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.  When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,  "Nothing, I just helped him cry."

What It Means to Be Adopted

     Teacher Debbie Moon's first graders were discussing a picture of a family.  One little boy in the picture had a different color hair than the other family members.
     One child suggested that he was adopted and a little girl said,  "I know all about adoptions because I was adopted."
     "What does it mean to be adopted?"  asked another child.
     "It means,"  said the girl,  "that you grew in your mommy's heart instead of her tummy."

Barney

     A four year old was at the pediatrician for a check up.  As the doctor looked down her ears with an otoscope, he asked,  "Do you think I'll find Big Bird in here?"
     The little girl stayed silent.  Next, the doctor took a tongue depressor and looked down her throat.  He asked,  "Do you think I'll find the Cookie Monster down there?"
     Again, the little girl was silent.  Then the doctor put a stethoscope to her chest.  As he listened to her heart beat, he asked, "Do you think I'll hear Barney in there?"
     "Oh, no!"  the little girl replied.  "Jesus is in my heart.  Barney's on my underpants."

Discouraged?

     As I was driving home from work one day, I stopped to watch a local Little League baseball game that was being played in a park near my home.  As I sat down behind the bench on the first-base line, I asked one of the boys what the score was.
     "We're behind 14 to nothing,"  he answered with a smile.
     "Really,"  I said.  "I have to say you don't look very discouraged."
     "Discouraged?"  the boy asked with a puzzled look on his face.  "Why should we be discouraged?  We haven't been up to bat yet."

Roles And How We Play Them

     Whenever I'm disappointed with my spot in my life, I stop and think about little Jamie Scott.  Jamie was trying out for a part in a school play.  His mother told me that he'd set his heart on being in it, though she feared he would not be chosen.  On the day the parts were awarded, I went with her to collect him after school.
     Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement.  "Guess what Mom,"  he shouted, and then said those words that will remain a lesson to me:  "I've been chosen to clap and cheer."

A Lesson In Heart

     A lesson in "heart" is my little, 10 year old daughter, Sarah, who was born with a muscle missing in her foot and wears a brace all the time.  She came home one beautiful spring day to tell me she had competed in "field day" - that's where they have lots of races and other competitive events.
     Because of her leg support, my mind raced as I tried to think of encouragement for my Sarah, things I could say to her about not letting this get her down, but before I could get a word out, she said  "Daddy, I won two of the races!"  I couldn't believe it!  And then Sarah said,  "I had an advantage."
     Ah.  I knew it.  I thought she must have been given a head start or some kind of physical advantage.  But again, before I could say anything, she said, "Daddy, I didn't get a head start...  My advantage was I had to try harder!"

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