Every Monday, the Grade Two through Grade Five boys start their morning together in Boys Brigade. During Boys Brigade, The Esther School’s male teachers lead the boys in drills, devotions, and lessons. The goal is to build character, camaraderie, and understanding of the truths God says about them.
This Monday, our Grade Four teacher Mr. Tembo took a Grade Two student, one of the youngest at Boys Brigade, and had him stand next to him. The physical difference between the full-grown man and the young boy was clear.
With the boy standing beside him, Mr. Tembo said to the students, “Adults, like Mr. Tembo, are bigger than children. Have you ever thought that because adults are bigger that they have bigger problems? Have you ever thought that God must care and think about adults more because they’re bigger? Have you ever thought because you’re just a child that your problems do not matter as much to God?”
But Mr. Tembo looked them in the eye and said, “I’m here to tell you, that’s not true. I’m bigger and older, but God doesn’t care or think about me more than He does about you. You are important!”
1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” (NIV)
Like Paul said to Timothy, Mr. Tembo told our young boys that they are important – God watches and listens to each of them. And for a boy to hear that from a male adult is a powerful, invaluable, and motivating lesson!