I know I don’t usually post on a Friday but today is special. I’m reflecting on a moment I had with David (my youngest – 8) on Wednesday night. Here’s sort of how it went:
We got home from church and my friend texted me to say, “Your David gave my child a gift tonight and I wanted to make sure that was ok.” Hmmm, didn’t know that so I checked with David. He was in the bathroom getting ready for bed so I pulled up a rug and sat down and chatted. I told him he was not in trouble but could he tell me about giving his friend this stuffed toy. David replied, “Well, I finished my book at church (his Sparks book where he has memorized dozens of verses this year and he finished the book) so I got to go in the treasure box. I picked out this stuffed killer whale and my friend thought it was so unbelievably cool. He just wanted to touch it and he really loved it. I realized he loved it more than me and that I had tons of toys at home and I really didn’t need another one so I gave it to him. And mom, guess what?” I said, “what?”, he said, “when I filled up his bucket, if filled up mine too.” Hmmm, I thought, bucket??? So, I asked him what does the bucket mean. He said, “well, our guidance teacher, at school told us about filling up our buckets. That when you do something for someone else it really fills up our bucket too. You know, mom, like when you do something good it makes you feel good so your heart kinda has a bucket that gets full and makes you feel good.” I choked back my tears of joy. My bucket was overflowing. God had used the public school system for His Glory to teach my child some of the fruits of the Spirit and show it to him so tangibly that he would never forget it.
I called my friend that had texted me to assure her all was well. When I relayed the story to her, she told me how her child gets in the car every Wednesday with his sad face that he has made his team lose or something to that effect. You see, he’s small and not fast but he’s got the most magnetic personality and he’s a genius. Those qualities are great in adulthood but they don’t help you win a second grade race with other kids. We all love this kid but he’s just discouraged often by his size. Well, this particular Wednesday night, he bounded in the car all excited about his new toy. What a great little life lesson my child learned.
I found the site that this information was taken from and I’ll share it here… so cool and presented very plainly for kids to understand…
So I encourage all of you… go be a bucketfiller!
Keep it Simple,