"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29
Does something seem terribly wrong with the world to have school buses back on the streets the first week of August? Unless you are the parent of school age children, probably yes! Driving out of my driveway the other morning I saw a group of neighborhood parents huddled at the bus stop. I thought someone called a community watch meeting and forgot to tell me. Then I remembered, school has begun!
Looking at one little one getting on the school bus for the first time I was reminded of Robert Fulghum's book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I grabbed my old copy and looked up this fun reflection. Fulghum recalls the most important lessons he took away from kindergarten:
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don't hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
- Don't take things that aren't yours.
- Say you're SORRY when you HURT somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Live a balanced life - learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
- Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK."
Then he adds this wonderful thought:
"Think what a better world it would be if we all-the whole world-had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are-when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together."
Not bad advice. Sometimes the simple lessons are the most valuable to keep, sort of like what we will be doing in our upcoming series kicking off next week! What did you learn in kindergarten that is worth never forgetting?
This Sunday we will be encouraged to consider some discipleship learning opportunities that will do two things: they will help us to keep growing in our faith and they will deepen our connection to others in the church. Learning and growing go hand in hand. We are to keep growing as followers of Christ. This is how Christians have experienced hope for 2 millennia-having a hand to hold and learning and growing in their understanding of how Christ is holding us. So as the rest of the world seems to be getting back on the bus, let's join them this Sunday.
See you back at the learning center!