ALOHA From Lou: Friday Night Life

One thing that caught me completely off guard about my new job here in Hawaii was the age of kids I'd be working with. Back home, the youngest kids I worked with were 11-year-olds; here, the majority of them are thumb-sucking, diaper-wearing, runny-nosed preschoolers.

Just close your eyes and imagine me surrounded by 15 little, loud, and loquacious 2-year-olds. That is my Friday night.

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Poppin, right?

It has honestly been one of the hardest and scariest parts of my weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, middle schoolers were difficult because they were too cool for everything. But preschoolers are a whole new ball game - they just hit for no reason and shout without cause. Sharing is a foreign concept. They are ticking time bombs, just waiting to burst in to tears screaming for their mommies. I was so nervous, a mother would see the terror on my face and skip service just to stay and help me. "They were God-sends (literally)!"

I have never been trained nor equipped to deal with so many of these little guys. Back home, I'd maybe hang out with two kids at a dinner party...not 15!

That's the thing about God. Even though I would have never pictured myself running a preschool program, especially in Hawaii, God has revealed so much of His character and how we're called to live to me through these kids...

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Like the way they aren’t afraid to ask questions. The way they trust without holding back. They way they're so open to learning. The way they live their lives being fully present. The way they love. I am learning so much from these stinkingkids!

In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus says:

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

If there's anything I've learned from kids, it's that there's a lot to learn. So join me. Humble yourself like a child. Don't let pride stop you from loving, trusting, asking questions, being open to learn, and living in the moment. Maybe you'll find yourself wishing your Friday nights looked a little more like mine after all