Written By: Wynae Hinton, 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
This is my fifth year teaching first and second graders. They learn a lot during these years. But, we can also learn from them. Jesus recognized this. In Mark 10:14-15 the Bible says, “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”
We each have to humble ourselves and become like a little child in faith and trust Jesus in order to be saved. Children have complete faith and trust that what their parents and teachers tell them is the truth. Their hearts are tender toward the truths of God and salvation.
Children are quick to forgive and forget when they are offended. I watch them as they interact with each other at recess. When there is a misunderstanding, we talk about what just happened, I encourage them to tell each other they are sorry, and they go off and play together like nothing has happened. They don’t hold a grudge.
It always amazes me how giving and ready to help children are. All I have to do is ask for a helper or volunteer and every hand goes up. It doesn’t matter to them if it is just helping me clean or pick up something. They generally don’t grumble. They just do it. If someone needs to borrow a sharpened pencil, a crayon, an eraser, or scissors; they are so willing to give what they have to meet the need.
I know that our children are not perfect. But, they do have qualities that are good like trust, forgiveness, and generosity. These are just a few qualities I have seen in all children that we should take notice of and try to emulate. In doing so, we will see that we are really being more like Christ.