Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. – Deuteronomy 4:9
After a rather lifeless Sunday morning service, the pastor noticed a young boy staring intensely at a large plaque mounted in the church’s foyer. It was covered with names and flanked by American flags.
Recognizing the opportunity to connect, the pastor approached, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, ‘Good morning young man.’ ‘Good morning,’ the boy replied, still looking intently at the plaque, he then asked, ‘Pastor, what’s this?‘
‘Well, son, it’s a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service,’ Then, with a note of gravity in his voice, the boy asked, ‘Which service did they die in, the 9:30 or the 11:00 o’clock?‘
Passing on to the next generation what’s dear to our hearts, and what they’ll need to live well, is a privilege and burden for any caring adult. Yet communication gaps can be daunting. Take time, and choose your words well.
“The difference between the almost-right word and the right word is really a large matter, ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” – Mark Twain