A Word with You - July 27, 2011

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How Not to Be a Scary Giant

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Over the years, I've learned a few lessons about how to meet a little child for the first time and how not to. I used to stand there all big and adult and come on real enthusiastic, "Hey, how you doing, Billy?" Well, at that point the child promptly turned his head and disappeared somewhere in his mother's leg.

Have you ever seen that happen? I think I scared him to death! When you're only knee high, and an adult reaches down to you, especially as enthusiastically as I did, it probably looks like Goliath reaching for David.

But I'm getting a little smarter in my old age. Now I sort of squat down or I kneel down; get down where he is and look that little guy in the eye and I talk gently, not real loud. I come on soft instead of strong. And believe it or not, I get some smiles and hand shakes back from little Billy. Even big folks respond better to that kind of treatment.

Christ did on the cross. I heard a song recently that said, "Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future." I like that!

When I remember who I am, I'll come in on their level. And maybe they'll be willing to listen to a fellow sinner who has found a Savior, who changes what you were into what you can be. And then I won't be a scary giant.

© (c) Ronald P. Hutchcraft
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.

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