Since the start of the year I have been living with a family with two children. The eldest, Anton, is my godson.
Lately, I get to talk to him before I head to work and praying with him is how we end our conversation. (Sounds like we had a serious talk, right?) It has never occurred to my mind that talking and playing with a 5-year old boy can really be the happiest moment of the day for single person having 12-hour shift work (yeah, that’s me).
Praying is not something new to Anton as he normally does this with his parents, my friends. But for me, praying with a child is something very unfamiliar to me. So, my usual prayer goes like this:
Dear Father God,
Thank You for (his parents and all the people in the house). Please bless Anton who is a sweet, healthy, thoughtful and good boy.
And each and every time that I speak these words, he rolls while smiling. I can tell his face is bursting with joy! Then, he will be back in his sitting posture as I end with “Amen”.
People Change When Someone Believes
People decide to change when they are happy and they are happy when someone, even a single soul believes in their goodness. Let me paraphrase that.
Believing is valuing and valuing causes someone to be happy. When someone is happy, it triggers change.
Though change can transpire in varying period of time. Some people can change overnight while for others may take a longer time, however, the decision to change happened when someone believes in them. I have observed this way of pattern during the last 17 years of serving adult singles in the church and proved to be what happened to me as well.
And seeing a 5-year-old child gets happy after hearing someone believes in him tells me that valuing a person does not see age!
A Learning And A Conclusion
A regional quality leader once told me during one gruelling laboratory investigation meeting, that no matter how strict quality is imposed to products and system, everyone should believe that every person who comes to work has the intention in mind to work productively.
Be someone who believes in the goodness of another and witness the change.
Dearest Father God,
May I never ever forget that there is YOU, You who always value me, You who always believe in me. You are the first one who believes in me. No matter what I do, nothing and no one can separate I from You, from You believing in ME.
Thank you for reading. God bless.
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