“Dad, would you pick up Jamie from her swimming lessons at the pool? She’ll be finished at 10:00 this morning.”
“Anytime I can spend more time with my granddaughter is great!” Grandpa Gerry answered.
When he got to the pool parking lot, Gerry saw something going on just outside the main entrance. Hair flying! Gym bags sailing. The chants “Fight! Fight!” as the pee-wee crowd gathered around.
As he got closer, he found 10-year-old Jamie in the middle of all of it. Gerry’s granddaughter had her fist drawn ready to punch a girl in the face who she had pinned to the ground. Jamie shouted, “Take it back! You can’t say that about God! He is a God of love!”
Like any of us, Jamie is a work in progress.
“We love God because he first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command. Whoever loves God must also love his brother.” [1 John 4:19-21]
Gerry had work to do with his granddaughter, Jamie, for the famous “love passage” begins, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered…” [1 Corinthians 13:4-5]
And that could begin now. Grandpa Gerry guided Jamie to lose the fist and help the girl up.
That was a great beginning!
[Jo Russell is a Christian speaker, author of scores of articles, a half dozen anthology contributions, and award-winning Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women. available from Amazon.com, her speaking engagements and website, www.button-to-god.com. She lives in northeast Arizona with her husband, Ed. Enjoy chuckles and speeches, tips and excerpts in website options and weekly blog.]