Once upon a Christian Camp, there was a boy who was attentive during his morning Bible classes. He must’ve listened well, because he received some awards. At least three years, he was the camp’s “Best Bible Student.”
This boy grew up and had a son. Although the son was not then old enough for a camp, he loved going to Bible classes and remembered lots of details about Bible narratives. His parents tried playing a Bible trivia game while traveling. That was fun, but the boy soon had even more fun in reading the questions to his parents.
One day at school, the boy’s first-grade schoolteacher instructed the class to use the word “all” in a sentence.
His parents knew he liked cars, so the first sentence was no surprise. To his parents’ knowledge, the boy had not heard or read the phrase “In all the Lord has done for us,” but they were glad that idea came into his mind, so they were even more happy with the second and third lines he wrote. The boy’s schoolteacher, who is also a believer, was happy, too. The boy had been paying attention to something biblical.
But the parents were to grow still more pleased.
During a parent-teacher conference, they received many positive impressions about their son and his schoolwork. They asked about his friends. The schoolteacher mentioned that the boy’s best friend is a “special needs” child who has a severe speech impediment. Even though they’ve heard the friend’s name every other day or so, the parents had not heard this fact before—only that their son and his friend play together and call each other “buddy.” Imagine how pleased the parents were to find out that their son likes to help and take care of this young friend—and that his teacher has the two of them sitting together so that the son can help.
Now that’s living part of the Bible. And the parents, and the Father, were pleased.
Some might predict that the son would be near the top of his future classes academically. Whether he ever wins awards in Bible or other subjects, though, what the parents heard about their son’s relationship with his buddy-neighbor is more important.
May both the learning about and the living out of the Bible continue.