I have to admit this story gave me a smile. A kindergarten student was so committed to her parents’ alma mater that she would not color a picture of the mascot from the rival school, even though it was a required assignment in school. The teacher was not happy, but her parents were pleased that she stuck up for her convictions. Eventually, the little girl colored the picture (Because Mom said she had to), handed it in and threw it away when she received it back from her teacher. The story spread like wildfire at the alma mater to the point where the little girl was the guest of honor at a recent Big 12 Conference game. It is a great, lighthearted story that has at least 2 powerful reminders for Christians.
The first one is – how passionate is our worship of Jesus? Would we do the same thing for Christ? How quickly we show our passion at athletic events for our favorite players and teams – would we do the same for the Kingdom!
The second brief reminder is similar – how much does passion for Christ please the Father. The little girl received great ‘rewards’ for her passion to a university. How much more will the Lord honor those who have suffered and died for Christ! In fact , we will ge the greatest reward imaginable – we will receive Him!
Revelation 21:3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
I hope that these story stir up our passion for the Lord and our desire to honor him in all we are, even at the cost of everything we hold dear in this life.