WATCH THIS! - Cindy Shoaff

Mar 5, 2015

There are many things I hear over and over on a daily basis teaching First Grade.  “I’m finished!,” “I need help!,” “He put his feet on my chair!,” and “How do you spell......”  just to name a few.  I also hear this: “Mme. Rob, watch this!”  “Mme. Rob, look at me!” because my First Graders love for me to see what they are capable of doing.  They want to show me how high they swing, how fast they run, how hard they kick, and how many times they jump a rope.  They want me to hear them read new words, to see their good handwriting, and to admire their latest art work.

Why do they want to show me these things?  Why does it matter to them that I notice?  I suppose it’s partly because most little kids like to show off a bit.  They probably like the attention.  Some of them crave the praise and encouragement. And sometimes, I think they are just so excited, that they are bursting to share it with someone who they hope will be excited too.  I’m more than happy to be that someone.

Spending most of my day with children causes me to reflect on my own childlikeness in God’s Kingdom.  Do I call out to my Father, saying, “Look at me!  Watch this!”?  I’m sure I do.

I love it when my students share their joy over something amazing and new.  When I stop to think about it, I believe God desires to be invited into those moments of my life too.  There is so much awesome stuff going on all the time in the Kingdom.  God is always moving.  When I see the Spirit doing extraordinary things, it’s exciting – and I want to share it with someone who will be excited too.  I think God is more than happy to be that Someone.