Hey Kids! Bulletin Article on September 22
HEY, KIDS! – Trustworthy. Honorable. Forgiving. These are all words that we hear that can be very comforting. If you hear that someone is trusting or honorable – it is safe to think that they are nice and good people. That is the type of person that we want to be friends with or the type of person we want to be. If you hear that someone is dishonest or behaves badly, we may want to keep our distance – because we might be afraid to get hurt or cheated by them. Today’s Gospel we hear a parable from Jesus and he says, “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” Let’s think about that for a minute. Sometimes, we try to convince ourselves that it is ok to do “little bad things”… well, because… they are little – who is going to notice?! We may choose to steal a dollar, tell a lie to get out of trouble or take something that doesn’t belong to us and feel like it isn’t a big deal because they were small things. However, Jesus is saying that is not the case. He is saying that if you are going to be dishonest with small things… you are more likely to be dishonest when doing the bigger things as well. It’s important to remember that the little things matter just as much as the big things. So, when we make up little lies or steal small things, it can lead us to doing bigger and worse things.
I remember when I was young, there was a child I knew who always told little lies about his life. This boy would make things up about the things he did or saw – so much so that we all started to figure out he was telling a lot of lies. One day, the child had some great news to share. It was true but none of us believed him because we knew he often told little lies. The boy became very sad and upset. When my teacher explained to him why we didn’t believe him… he understood it a bit more. Soon after, he stopped lying and telling stories and started to be honest. The child started earning back our trust.
We all can choose to do the right thing. We can try our best to make each small thing we do a part of the great person that we are. If we make a mistake, that is ok! We can ask God to help us along the way to make good choices. After all, God understands it can be hard at times.
Let’s pray: Dear God, thank you so much for giving me the mind to be able to make the right choices. Thank you for forgiving me when I choose to do wrong. Help lead me to do the right things! Amen.