Thanks to Miss Loopy
A few weeks ago on a Sunday morning before Sunday school got underway, I was standing in the foyer talking with one of the women of our church family. Then Miss Loopy walked by with one of the grade schoolers at her side. The two of them were hanging up signs throughout the building for the upcoming Love Breakfast (our annual meal where the grade schoolers serve the rest of the church family).
Miss Loopy spent much of her conversation with the student asking her for advice on where the signs should go. For the good suggestions, Miss Loopy would heartily agree and help the student put the sign right where she said it should go. If the suggestion was not ideal, Miss Loopy very naturally asked questions that led the student to change her mind. Then they put a sign right where the new suggestion said to.
Miss Loopy never told the child what to do or where things should go. Rather, she asked for her opinion and then asked her good questions so that she discovered for herself better answers.
Three things struck me right away. First, Miss Loopy never talked down the student. I subconsciously adopt a different speaking style with younger children, and I know it's not how one should talk to children. She, however, spoke to the student in much the same way she speaks to me. (Of course, maybe she's talking down to both of us!)
Second, all this was so natural for Miss Loopy. She wasn't following a script, carefully thinking through what to say and how to say it, parsing everything for "kid appropriate" conversation. She was being herself with the student, just as she is every week with all the kids.
Third, she was helping the student more than the student was helping her. She wasn't getting free child labor for her task. Rather, she humbled herself to serve the child in her contribution. Even the way they hung the signs communicated this humility.
Miss Loopy showed how valuable the child is, and how unimportant it is for her to be the one with all the answers, checking off items on her to-do list.
The woman I was speaking with in the foyer immediately said exactly what I was thinking. "She amazes me." Indeed. And not just for including this one child in this one menial, but now meaningful, task. She consistently amazes me for how she values our children week in and week out.
Thank you, Miss Loopy.
Please join us Sunday morning starting at 8:30 AM (which means showing up before 8:30). Be a part of this same humility of valuing the contribution of our grade school children to the well-being of our church family.