Most school-aged children wish their peers viewed them as popular. This is especially true for children who grow up in the inner city, where fitting in and being well-liked is a survival strategy. Little Darrell is a unique individual. His counselor Taylor describes him as a rambunctious, energetic, joyful 6 year old. He strives to be the fastest runner, the best drawer, the funniest jokester. When the children sit down for chapel, Darrell prefers to get attention by performing the newest dance craze. To put it simply, Darrell likes to show off! Darrell attends our Backyard Bible Club during the school year and attends Camp Agape during the summer.
One day the camp director, Jessie Riggs, shared her testimony with the 50 Agape campers. Jessie talked about the joy and peace she receives from Jesus. She recited Romans 5:8, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” After the testimony, the children broke into small groups led by their camp counselors. Darrell is in a group with other boys led by his school year Backyard Bible Club counselor, Taylor Trepinski. Taylor explained what it means to trust in Jesus and asked, “does anyone want this kind of relationship with God?” The little boys all stared back at Taylor, not wanting to embarrass themselves by standing out. Only one hand was in the air. Little Darrell who was usually concerned with being labeled as cool and funny had raised his hand. Darrell proudly said that he was ready to trust in Jesus! Taylor prayed for Darrell and asked Darrell to pray for himself. Darrell prayed the prayer of salvation but before saying “amen”, he thanked God for Mr. Taylor and Agape Development.
The Bible encourages Christians to have childlike faith. What would the world be like if we also had childlike courage? We would let go of our desired labels and chose to follow Jesus rather than what our peers want.
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