Michel: Four values told through hearts of children

Published 12:03 am Saturday, April 27, 2019

On the last of day of my granddaughters’ Easter break, we traveled to Amite and spent the day in Liuzza Land.

Our party of nine picked the best strawberries I’ve ever eaten, fed the goats and jumped on a huge trampoline. We almost had the park to ourselves, and the girls enjoyed the freedom to wander around to see the animals, play on the swings and run back and forth between two small buildings.

One building was set up to look like a classroom, the other was a church.

Whether I most enjoyed my granddaughters pretend to be teachers or preachers is a toss-up, but the content of their church service was the highlight of my day.

Adeline stood at the front of the church and asked, “What are our four values?”

Olivia and Charlie immediately raised their hands while I sat in amazement as the three of them reviewed the values taught to them in the children’s services at One Hope Church.

First, Love God. Jesus taught this in Matthew 22, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all you mind.”

The second part of the scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” is the second value that the girls recited – Love People.

Adeline called on her cousin for the third value. “Do your best,” Olivia said.

Charlie concluded the lesson, “Have fun.”

While these values are kid-friendly, they have no age limit.

Ronny Michel may be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com.