Reader Carla B. sent us this story about a dreaded meeting with a Sunday school teacher. They thought their daughter was in trouble, but here’s what the teacher had to say.
Shortly after our daughter Nicole was born, father-daughter fishing trips became a regular occurrence. We would most often fish from my little aluminum boat at a small, shallow lake near our house. By age three, Nicole had an uncanny ability to sit in our boat for long periods, certain that a fish would bite at any moment.
Our family has also always been actively involved with our local church. One Sunday when we went to pick up our daughter from her Sunday school class, the teacher asked if we could meet with her for a moment afterwards.
Every parent knows that instant of dread associated with wondering what your three-year-old may have said or done to someone. We mustered up our courage and waited.
Finally, alone with her teacher, the truth came out. The week’s memory verse was James 1:19. Be slow to anger. When the teacher asked the children if anyone could explain what that passage meant, Nicole’s hand shot up:
“It means that when you go fishing,” our daughter explained, “you crawl to the front of the boat and put the front anger down very slowly.” Nicole continued,”Then you crawl to the back of the boat and put the back anger down very slowly. That way, you don’t make a splash and scare the fish away.”
Now that’s putting things in perspective in ways only a child can!
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