You Be Jesus
We were at my parents for a family gathering, and conversations were aplenty. Grace, three at the time, busied herself playing with some of my old baby dolls my mom kept out for the grandkids. She took off their clothes and put them back on again. She put them in a doll stroller and pushed them all through the house, stopping every so often to adjust a blanket or give a baby a bottle.
Her imagination soared as she played the mama. But then, Grace pulled empty chairs over to one side of the room and lined them up. It took her a while to pull them to the right spot, as some of them were heavier than her three-year-old self could manage. Finally, she had the chairs just like she wanted. Four empty chairs were lined up and one single chair faced them all.
I watched her take the dolls from the stroller and the beds, placing one in each chair. I assumed I was about to see her play school with her babies. Three dolls sat in three chairs and Grace sat down in the fourth chair in the line. She scooted up on her knees and turned around backwards in the chair and called for my mom. “Sue Sue!” she called.
When my mom appeared from the kitchen to see what she needed, Grace immediately turned back around and sat down in the chair. “Sue Sue,” she said, “You be Jesus.”
Shocked, I watched as my mom came and sat in the chair facing Grace and the babies. She told them about how much God loves them. I chuckled realizing Grace had heard story after story of how Jesus loved the little children. She had seen the pictures in Sunday school of Him sitting, surrounded by little ones.
While Grace was using her imagination to play out Bible stories, there’s some truth to the picture she created. As Christian parents, we are the hands and feet of Jesus to our children. They watch how we interact with others and how we respond to them. Just as the baby dolls and Grace watched and listened to “Jesus” that day, so do our kids watch and listen to us.
When it comes to the way you speak and respond to your family and the people around you today, I have one piece of advice – “You be Jesus.”
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 NIV
By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at www.sheeptotheright.com
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