Sowing Seeds of Faith
April 9, 2012 – “We need three strong volunteers,” I said to the congregation for our Sunday children’s message. Hesitantly, (I have a reputation for embarrassing folks.) three men came forward. I placed them side by side and announced: “You are to be a wall. No matter what I say or do, you must not let me through. Do you understand?” At this point they gave me suspicious looks but nodded in agreement.
So with a theatrical flourish, I waved my hand toward the three men and announced: “Children, pretend these men are a wall. I am about to walk right through that wall. Do you know why? Because I am a positive thinker and fill my mind regularly with happy thoughts. Do you believe I can do it?”
Several children grinned and nodded their heads while a few shook their heads vigorously from side to side. However, the three men had a different look: serious. They were not going to let me through. With a happy smile on my face, I confidently strode toward the wall and bounced backwards like rubber ball. The children were laughing and even the men forming the wall were starting to grin.
“What happened?” I asked. “What did I do wrong? I was thinking happy thoughts?” Several kids started shouting directions. “Hit the wall with your fist. Go under their legs.” Finally, one of the boys said, “Go way back and run to the wall as fast as you can.”
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