“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
I don't see myself as the one doing for others. I usually see myself as Tom's helper. He does the work and I help and support him. In the past when I thought about what I wanted to do for others it usually revolved around my kids or what someone else thought needed to be done.
Well, kids are grown and off on their own adventures in the world. And I have time to figure out where I want to serve. I became interested in helping out in the public school here in Belmopan. There are four government schools here in the city and they ask volunteers from each of the various faith traditions in the community to come in and teach a religion class twice a week. Yesterday was my first time. I had 30 children from grade Standard Four (ages 9-10) who are all classified as coming from evangelical families. For my first class we just sang songs and got acquainted with one another.
Each child stood to tell me their name. And each time they answered a question they stood up to respond. The level of discipline and respect was amazing to me. I had them each tell me one good thing that had happen to them this week. But I asked them to share it using the phrase "I feel blessed because..." To hear from each and every child that they felt blessed because they had a kind mother, or passed a test, or played soccer with a friend was such a joy.
If I had to tell you one good thing that happened to me this week I would have to say...
I feel blessed because 30 children touched my heart and filled it to overflowing with joy!