Thursday, September 18, 2014

Help from an 8 Year Old

My first gig as a teacher was as a girls leader at my home church.  I taught a group of 6-8 year old girls. I'm pretty sure I've written before that my stint as the leader taught me one thing very quickly: I'm called to be a teacher of adults, not kids. My time as the teacher of the teenagers' Sunday School definitely drove home that lesson. But I digress. Let's just say that the one hour per week allotted for the meetings was the longest hour of my life.

To be sure, there were fun times as well. I loved all the crafts and games crafted to reinforce each week's lesson in the girls' memories. The funny things the girls said and did were a highlight and always good for giggles.

One of my favorite times to recall was the time I was teaching the girls about church government and the leaders we had in our own church. I was quizzing my daughter, Elissa, who was one of my students, on church leaders.  I asked her what the pastor's job was in the church. She said the pastor was responsible to preach God's word to us, pray for us and visit us when we were in the hospital.  Then I asked how she could help the Pastor.

I was hoping she would say she could pray for him.

Instead, my child replied solemnly, "I could give him advice."

To this day, I get tickled whenever I envision Bro. Hester picking up the phone and saying, "I better call Elissa and see what she thinks before I do anything."

Mama's Losin' It

This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 5.) Something funny your child said. If you'd like to join in, you could link up at Kat's blog, Mama's Losin' It.


Dianna said...

Oh Jerralea...Elissa's cute little answer actually made me laugh out loud! That is the best "little's" story I've heard in a very long time! :)

You and I are alike in many ways, but one area where we are exact opposites is the audience to whom we would rather teach. I love teaching kids...any age, really, but Teen Girls are my favorite. To think that I would have to stand in front of adults and teach just makes me quake in my shoes! :)

Angel said...

I love this! I teach in my church as well, on Wednesday nights... but 6th -8th grader, not 6-8 year olds. I believe we aren't all called to teach generically, I believe God has called us to each teach specific ages... and those little 6-8 year olds wouldn't be my strong point! :) - Thank you for sharing!

betty said...

It would be interesting to see what type of advice she would have given the pastor at her young age :)


LISA said...

Sounds exactly like something my Hannah would say. She has a quiet and gentle spirit, so much so that she is a girl of very few words. But, when she talks you better listen. She is quick witted and often profound. I too remember her special one liners like you...and they are treasured. Thanks for sharing!

Janice Trinh said...

Awesome. As they say, sometimes, kids think they know it all....albeit innocently so. LOL

Melanie Cook said...

I think truly some advise from children is more valuable than that from adults! Cute story. I've taught in Sunday school and VBS and I think that the younger ones are always easier to teach. Have a great weekend.

SouthMainMuse said...

Smart girl. And a confident one. And I've never done all that well having to teach smaller children. The hardest time I has was coaching 4-5 year olds soccer. I had no idea what I was doing. The hour-long practices were terrifying.

Mama Kat said...

Well she sounds like she might know a thing or two to share with the pastor! I would love to be a fly on the wall for that sit down!