An Important Lesson

Today is our weekly Five Minute Friday. This week’s word prompt is “last.”

When I worked at Bible camp, I learned many lessons from my campers. Jesus knew what he was saying when he said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

One week, I had a group of campers that were overly whining. We always did trivia to see who would be first to eat at meals etc. This week, my girls were always last because they’d whine and could never get the trivia question because they were too busy whining about something.

One day, my friend Nick was in charge of the trivia. I kept sharing with this group that the “first shall be last and the last shall be first.” Nick told them he’d let them go first for a meal if they could go twenty four hours without whining. He would check in with me the next day.

These girls however couldn’t go more than a few hours. So they didn’t get to go first the next day. I kept repeating the “first shall be last and the last shall be first.” I hope they learned something that week and carried this lesson with them into their adult lives.

5 thoughts on “An Important Lesson

  1. God Above is not a Jinn
    and He does not care
    if you lose or if you win,
    or if the game is fair.
    Your moaning whine will not avail,
    though on bitter gall you sup.
    No-one cares ’bout your travail,
    so better cowboy up.
    Dry now your self-pity,
    and of it, no one tell,
    for though your hand is sh***y,
    you have to play it well.
    You think me harsh, not very nice,
    but know that God wants men, not mice.

    • Wow! Anita thank you for sharing this truth. I want to pass this message on to my kids. I of course also need to remember to live it out. 🙂

  2. Hi Tara! I tell my kids this every day. As I shared with Anita above, I need to make sure I am living it out. My eldest daughter is always on the lookout to make sure I am practicing what I am preaching.

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