“The finest men in all the world are not to be found in the warm, genial climates, where the earth has only to be tickled with a hoe, and it laughs with plenty; but the strongest and the most enterprising spirits have been found at the back of the north wind, where there are frosts and ice, and long, dreary winters, and men have a hard struggle for a livelihood. They become really men under that stern training. Now, if there were no thorns and thistles, no struggles and no trials, should we have any brave Christians? Should we have any great and noble souls at all? When did the Church yield her best men for her Lord’s service? It was in the persecuting times, when they had to swim through seas of blood to hold fast the truth of Christ. These are silken days, and we have wretched specimens of Christians everywhere; but if the times of persecution were to come once more, with the rough winds blowing, and the whole sea of the world tossed in tempest, we should then find brave sailors who would put the ship’s head to the wind, and ride safely over the stormy billows in the name of the Eternal God.” Spurgeon, C. H.

From the Thorns and Thistles Sermon, Vol 39.

Kindergarten and Shots

How do they effect a four year old girl?

This evening we were discussing with Matthew his progression through the grades and then onto college. Claire inserted comment at the end saying, "I don't want to go to Kindergarten

Jenn replied, "Yeah, I'm going to teach you how to read."

Claire said, "I don't want to get a shot."

Matthew had previously had shots prior to Kindergarten and Jenn had mentioned that they are needed before Kindergarten. So, here it is, perhaps a year later, she is realizing that Kindergarten means gettings shots. Boy, she must really dislike getting shots!

Claire added, "I'll just be stupid."

Of course, Jenn and are are simultaneously laughing and shocked. I said, "Claire, you are smart. We'll teach you how to read and you can be smart."

Claire cried, "I don't want to get a shot."

Claire asked, "Tomorrow I get a shot."

Jenn answered, "No."

Claire concluded, "Shot stupid!"

Our four year old Claire is so intent on avoiding shots that she's willing to throw out her education. Good thing we aren't letting her decide her educational roadmap.

No Such Thing As Lego Fairies?

We bought 54lbs of Legos for Mathew's birthday and have been sneaking a bit at a time into his tiny collection of Legos. We started telling him that they were coming from the Lego fairy.

Last night he said, "Dad, I think it was you."

I said, "No, it was the Lego fairy."

He said, "There is no such thing as Lego fairies, maybe there's Lego fairies with Jesus, but not here."

Ha! Well, in a child's world, heaven would have Lego fairies wouldn't it?! smile