It’s a privilege to work with children. Some people can’t handle kids. I don’t think I’m special because I love to work with them. I just consider it a gift from God. I could never be a lawyer or a nurse or a police officer. In fact, I can’t really think of anything else I could really do besides work with kids. I tried working in a cubicle once. It was mundane. And by mundane, I mean miserable.
Working with kids is never mundane. Is it hard? Yes. Is it tiring? Yes. Do they drive me crazy? Yes. But I love them, and I love having the opportunity to be part of their lives.
So let me tell you a little about some great kids.
The other day, Christian, a 5th grade boy, told me he made me a card. There was no special occasion. He just made me a card because that’s what kids do. It was pink with a paper bow on it, and the inside was a complete half page note to me, in his best English, telling me he was thankful for me. He wrote about how he wants the kids to behave and obey and not move their names down on the behavior chart. He said he wants them all to know Jesus as Savior. Could a job be better than this? I don’t think so.
In the same 5th grade class, we were learning about malaria for science. We read about the parasites carried by mosquitoes, and how most of the millions who die are children. We read that most die, not because there is no cure, but because the families cannot afford medicine. Mercy raised her hand. “Miss Melissa, Miss Allison and Pastor Gary are going to Africa for a conference. I think it would be a good idea if we collected money to send with them so they can help people get medicine.” Mercy, I think that’s a fantastic idea. I let her stand in front of the class and share her idea in Spanish to make sure everyone heard.
These are the kids I get to work with. Every day. I get to be part of their lives. And every day, they impact my life. Sometimes, someone brings me a homemade carrot muffin, or a bag of hot peanuts. Sometimes it’s a hug or just a kind word. “You are beautiful today,” they tell me.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of working with children.