It’s nice to be recognized for our accomplishments. Even as adults we often like a little recognition and praise for a job well-done or a task accomplished, especially if the task is one we’ve been working on for a long time. Some of my favorite rewards have come as I’ve completed things I worked really hard at, like academic degrees. I also really enjoy the small, but meaningful, rewards along the way—a thank you, a certificate of recognition, a token to remember the accomplishment, etc.
I was talking to a friend the other night who had been to hear the children’s choir present a concert at his church. He couldn’t wait to get home and call me to tell all about it. He told me how blessed he was by their singing and how well the children knew all the words to the music, but there was one little boy who really caught his attention.
If you receive the Girls in Action, Royal Ambassadors, or Children in Action curriculum, you probably pray with your group for a different missionary kid each week. These girls and boys need special prayer as they adapt to different environments—often including a new school, friends, customs, and language. Can you imagine adjusting to all the demands of missionary life—as a 6-year-old?
As a part of this past Sunday’s church service, the children’s choir of my church sang an anthem that was perfect for the day. They proceeded down the aisles of the church waving palm branches and sang a song that reminded me of what it must have been like to be present in Jerusalem on that glorious day Jesus came riding in on a donkey. As the children sang the word “Hosanna” over and over, I couldn’t help but think what a celebration it must have been.