March 8, 2010

The joys of children's Sunday School

Yesterday, Tobey was teaching the parable of the day laborers to her Sunday School class when something quite comical took place!

Illustrating that God grants the same heaven both to those who serve the Lord all their lives, and to those who are repent and believe, perhaps, on their death beds ... Jesus told a story about a land-owner who hired day-laborers - some at 6am, some at 9am, some at noon, some at 5pm - to work in his vineyard. At the end of the day, the owner gave them all, equally, a day's wages. But some of them grumbled, like the Pharisees about spiritual things, that the Johnny-come-latelies were being given more than they deserved (aren't we all?).

So, to illustrate this, Tobey gave the kids a clean-up job. Some of them only picked up one or two pieces of trash, others dozens of pieces. All, however, received an equal reward ($0.25). When she asked one of the girls (who had picked up the vast majority of the trash) how she felt about getting the same amount as everyone else, she responded:

"You can have the quarter back. I should have offered to do it for nothing"!

Great attitude! Blown illustration ... especially when a second girl asked: "Can I trade my quarter in for two M&M's?"

This after, when working on their catechism questions a few weeks ago, one child responded to the question: "Who was Jesus' mother?" by stating confidently: "The vermin Mary."

Gotta love kids and Sunday School!

1 comment:

Heather said...

That is so funny!