“Tongue control? It will never be achieved unless there is first of all heart and mind control. When any Christian comes to the point of yielding to the Lord in full sincerity, cost what it may control of his thought life, the problem of managing his tongue will be solved, provided that such a surrender goes deeper than the intellect and reaches the emotions and will. For the Bible makes a distinction between mere intellectual knowledge of God and the trust of the heart.”

Frank E. Gaebelein, The Practical Epistle of James: Studies in Applied Christianity (Great Neck, N.Y.: Channel Press, 1955), 80-81.

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