September 3, 2017    Jane’s Heart to Heart    Pastor’s Help Mate

When I taught the first grade, I would give the children an assignment to write about what they did on the weekend.  It was fun to see how children perceived things and then tried to write them in a story.   Here are some of the examples.

  •   shrawberries = strawberries
  •   mice-cream  =  ice cream
  • 4thajuli  = 4th of July   (all one word)
  •   nap kens = napkins

One little girl wrote that she had “shrawberries and mice-cream” and one of the boys wrote that he saw the 4thajuli fireworks.

When our eldest son Ken, was little he did not like naps and did everything he could to escape one.  When he would begin to tire and get a bit testy I would say, “Do you want a nap, Ken?” –meaning that would be the next step. 

While his dad was in seminary I made napkins out of scraps of fabric from the clothing I made. When we were eating I would often offer little Ken a napkin by saying, “Would you like a napkin”, and he would shake his head  and say, “No” I am a slow learner and it took me a while to realize that he thought I was asking,  “Do you want a nap, Ken?” 

Four-year-old Hudson Kenneth listens very carefully and often asks us to define words.  He heard me say, “it pays to be prepared’  and he asked, “What does ‘prepared’ mean?” While we were there he asked me what several words meant. Often children do not understand us when we are talking, but may not verbalize their confusion and misunderstanding.

When children misspell words, they don’t do it to be naughty, or funny.  They think they are right or are at least doing their best.  Kenny was not being naughty or rude about taking a napkin but all the time he thought I was asking him if he wanted a nap. Have you ever seen a little boy who wanted a nap?

Often in our day to day interactions with other Christians, we have confusion because of differences in our background or way of saying or doing things.  It is not intentional but may cause misunderstandings.  It is possible that the other person may be a younger Christian than you or vice versa and do not understand the teaching of the Word of God.

When children misspelled words, I would carefully explain that perhaps phonetically their word sounded right, but that there are rules to learn that would help them to spell correctly or I would say the word more clearly, so they could spell it right themselves. As a child grows up he must become more accountable. We would certainly be troubled if adults spelled like children because no one corrected them when they were learning. We learned last week, the importance of following the example to form letters.   Correction and instruction in the Christian life are imperative for young Christians to grow spiritually.  How does that correction come?   It comes by attending a church where the truth of the Word is taught,  by watching other believers model the way a Christian should conduct herself and by seeing their obedient walk in and away from church just as the little girl who thought she heard ‘micecream’ and younger Christians need to ask questions like Hudson, so others can know  when they don’t understand things.

Hebrews 12:6   “For those whom the Lord loves  He disciplines and He scourges every  son  whom He receives.” 

2 Timothy 3:16   “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction,  for training in righteousness.”

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