Let me tell you how I got a picture of this little guy.
I was working at the church. Actually, I was away from my desk and in the chapel, reviewing the hymns for the Sunday service. In the church's fellowship hall, our Mommy & Me group had just finished up.
Apparently, one of the boys found his way into my office, and the computer just called to him.
I don't know how long he was there, but as I exited the chapel and came into my office, I saw this little man at my desk... working away. He turned slightly and smiled as if to say, "Don't worry, I'm only working"... and as I laughed, I just had to take a picture.
I wondered what the caption should read... hmmm, maybe... Future pastor hard at work.
He probably shouldn't have been in my office. He probably shouldn't have been sitting at my desk, or "working" at my computer. If his mother had walked in, she might not have laughed.... Of course, that's not what happened. Instead, I got a good picture.
As I thought about it some more, it struck me that our church is really blessed.
We have a lot of little kids. And they make their presence known! Whether it's in worship, or my office, or playing tag on the church grounds, you can't ignore them. They are everywhere!
Honestly, it makes me smile every time. To see faithful parents, who faithfully bring their children to church--it makes me grin. To hear these little lambs tell me what they learned in Sunday school, or listen as they sing "Jesus Loves Me" without my prompting--and my smile grows bigger. To see a church where we take seriously our Lord's command to let the little children come to me (Mt 19:14) and tell the next generation about him (Ps 78:4), and to see families committed to passing on the Christian faith--and I just smile from ear to ear.
What a blessing. What a privilege.
Sometimes, we forget what this is all about. We forget that it's about Jesus, and sharing his message with everyone--including little children. Sometimes, we get so caught up in the day-to-day, we forget our greater purpose. But then, in the midst of it all, you walk into your office and see a little guy smiling back at you. And you find yourself thanking God for the reminder.