Teaching the Talkative, Praying for Patience

In my Mission Friends, we have a 4-year-old little boy who never stops talking. I mean nev-er. He bursts in the room telling us excitedly about the airplane he’s made with his paper from preschool choir. Even while he’s doing everyday things like washing his hands, his head is turned to tell you something. I’m telling the mission story, and he’s talking away.

We know about everything that happens at his home because he tells us everything. One week recently he told us that his daddy doesn’t plant things in their yard because all the plants just die. I am sure that his parents know everything about Ms. Martha and me, as I imagine he continues talking all the way home and even as they put him to bed.

His constant talking is sometimes exhausting. One week after Mission Friends, I wondered if he ever stops talking. Then God convicted me with the thought, “Maybe one day I’ll use him to talk about Me.” I was humbled to think that maybe one day God could use this preschooler’s words as a missionary, a preacher, a Bible study teacher, or a businessman who tells his co-workers about Christ.

As preschool teachers, we have a part in making disciples of Jesus as we tell preschoolers that God loves you, God loves all people, and God wants us to tell people about Him. We are blessed to have a part in helping preschoolers grow to know who God is and that He loved us enough to send His Son.

In years to come, God will use these preschoolers’ gifts to tell others about Him. Maybe the preschooler putting bandages on the baby doll will be a missionary doctor one day. Maybe the one building a village beside a fabric “river” will be a geologist who goes on mission trips to install water wells and tell people about Jesus. Maybe the one who talks all the time will speak the gospel message boldly.

“My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile” (1 Cor. 15:58 CEV).


Pray: Almighty God, Thank You for leading me to teach preschoolers. As I teach this month, guide me to help them know who You are and how much You love us. And also God, give me patience as I try to get a word in edgewise with this talkative one. Amen.


 

 

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