Boys take faith. Anyone that has had boys or has taught boys knows that they take A LOT of faith! I must admit that having my own family made up of the male species, me being the exception, and teaching sixth grade boys I have an abundance of exposure to boys! I must also admit that at times I forget that boys take faith! I do get discouraged and the boys in my life bring disappointment in ways that are hard for a female to understand. I regularly have to give myself a pep-talk about being faithful and not losing faith, that God does love these young men in my midst and that I have a duty to our Lord to faithfully love and correct them.
This morning the Lord gave me a big hug from Heaven. Our morning assembly began as usual and the children that are late are required to wait in the hall until the Scripture reading is completed so that they won’t disrupt the the reading of God’s Word. We always have some students waiting in the hall. These children filed in after the reading and the assembly continued on. We were almost finished with the assembly when I looked into the hallway and there I saw one of our “big boys” in secondary school, obviously later than the rest. Mr. Bryant was ready for us to sing the Gloria Patri and we all raised our hands to praise the Lord one last time before we were released to start our day in our classrooms. Tears quickly came to my eyes as I watched this young man, who will soon be on his own in the world, raise his hands and his mouth followed the words that we all sang. My point being that it would have been so easy for him to just stand in the hall since few could even see him. He could have stayed at his locker two minutes longer for the assembly would conclude very shortly. This young man could have walked to his first period class (and two years ago, I would have fully expected him to do so) but he chose to stand in the hallway, raise his large manly hands to Heaven and sing praises to our Lord. He has no idea what a faith boost he gave me today! (I almost ran to hug him when the song was over! :>)
With more faith than usual, and a gratefulness for God’s goodness, I pray along with Ignatius of Loyola:
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give, and not to count the cost;
to fight, and not to heed the wounds;
to labor, and not to seek to rest;
to give of myself and not to ask for reward,
except the reward of knowing that I am doing your will. Amen.