Infield Captain teaches rules of life

Carey Kinsolving –For Web Edition-The tongue has more venom- Carey Kinsolving 

Five-year-old Greer says, “God has entrusted me with a smile, some teeth, ability to dance and my heart.” When you are five years old, you realise how valuable ‘some teeth’ are because they keep falling out.

“I do well in sports, but I do not let it go to my head that I am the best,” says eleven-year-old Evan. It is hard to be humble when you excel at something, especially in sports.

Ugly arrogance

The arrogance of some professional athletes is ugly.

There is nothing wrong with being the best, but winners become losers when they forget that every good thing comes from God (James 1:17).

“I will be the shortstop on my team, which is the captain of the infield,” says Daniel, 10.

“I am glad that God entrusted me with such a great position. I have worked very hard. I also think God made my coach realise it.”

Daniel sees God working in multiple ways. He realises his responsibility to his teammates as ‘Captain of the infield.’

Eternal Worker

He worked hard, but all that work could have been in vain if his coach had not realised it.

One of my names for God is the ‘Great Interweaver.’ He alone has the ability to interweave people and circumstances in such a way as to accomplish his purpose.

God is always at work. The spiritually sensitive person will see God at work and make adjustments to be a part of what he is doing. When we set aside our own agenda, God opens our eyes to glimpse the glory of his intricate design.

Eleven-year-old Cole said, “God has entrusted me with getting along with my brother. If I do not, my parents are upset. I have not done a good job of that, but I do pray every night to help me be nicer. I am getting better, but it takes patience because it is hard.”

Sibling rivalry

King Solomon wrote, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”

(Proverbs 17:17).

Sibling rivalry has caused more grief than anyone could record. Jealousy, envy, bitterness and an unforgiving spirit between brothers or sisters can destroy your life and disrupt family harmony.
Here is good advice from Kyle, 10: “God has entrusted me with the responsibility of setting the example for my younger brothers. I have to love them and show them what to do and how to do it.”

With this great attitude, Kyle will lay the foundation for a healthy, lifelong relationship with his brothers.

“I think God has trusted me to keep his Word in my heart. I love God, and if God wants me to follow him, I will,” says Rebecca (9).

No sinning

The Psalmist wrote, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). If God made the effort to reveal His Will in writing, shouldn’t we be eager to learn and obey it? If you were named in someone’s will, wouldn’t you be eager to read the will?

When you consider that the Bible is the Word of God, we have far more to gain from studying it than a will in which we are named as a beneficiary.

Think about this: God has entrusted every Christian with privileges and responsibilities of which the Old Testament prophets could only dream.

Memorise this truth: “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more” (Luke 12:48).
Ask this question: How are you handling what God has entrusted to you?

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Carey Kinsolving is an Auckland based storywriter and the above is a part of ‘Kids Talk about God’ distributed by Creators Syndicate. To access free, online ‘Kids Color Me Bible’ books, ‘Mission Explorers’ videos and all columns in a Bible Lesson Archive, visit www.KidsTalkAboutGod.org. To read journey-of-faith feature stories written by Carey Kinsolving, visit www.faithprofiles.org; © 2015 Carey Kinsolving 

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