Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Listening at camp
Last night I picked up my son, PJ, from his first church camp. He's 12 and just beginning to get oriented within that group of kids. He shared a cabin with about 8 guys his age, and only really knew about 3 of them when he left. As he ran into the building to get something, one of the guys from his cabin said,
"Hey! That's PJ! He is so cool!"
That was pretty shocking to me since he's had such a hard time with friends at school, so I asked him why PJ was so cool. The kid basically said, "He really listens to people and doesn't hurt anybody."
Wow! He must have gotten it from his dad--his mom would talk anyone's ear off. This is a huge change for a kid that has been diagnosed in the past with ADHD--and deserved it.
Besides the obvious gratitude, the Lord reminded me this morning of James 1:19:
"My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,"
He's not necessarily slow to speak, but I am grateful to see him recognized for being quick to listen. Gotta go now. I'm going to cry...