At the Henry Street Hebrew School, the rabbi finished the day's lesson. It was now time for the usual question period. "Rabbi," asked little Melvin, "there's something I need to know." "What's that, my child?" asked the rabbi. "Well, according to the Scriptures, the Children of Israel crossed the Red Sea, right?" "Right." "And the Children of Israel beat up the Philistines, right?" "Uh--right." "And the Children of Israel built the Temple, right?" "Again, you are correct."
"And the Children of Israel fought the Egyptians, and the Children of Israel fought the Romans, and the Children of Israel were always doing something important, right?" "All that is correct," agreed the rabbi. "So what's your question?" "What I need to know is this," demanded Melvin. "What were all the grown-ups doing?"
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
John was not writing to little kids, but saying that the evidence of a spiritual grown-up is love in action. We can talk about loving the Lord and loving our church, but where are the adults, those that are committed to love in action? We need more workers in the field of preschool, children’s and youth ministry. That’s a pretty broad ministry target. If you can’t handle getting down on the floor and handling a temper tantrum, then maybe youth or adult ministry is not for you, but you can pray that God will provide workers for the harvest. I’m praying right now that God will make His will very clear to each of us concerning what He is calling us to do in ministering to the families of our community. There are so many needs, it will take all of us. I remember Mr. Irby who gave me a bag of firecrackers and his son’s old sled. I remember Mr. Clark that took us to the old Museum in Arkansas City where we saw Jim Bowie’s knife. I remember Dr. Hogue who would take us to breakfast about once a month and tell us about his days on the farm and in the Navy. They were all different, but all of them spent time with us rowdy boys and taught us about Jesus.