This is the day

Yep, the most favoritest day of the week for me Sunday. I was up late last night typing up the children’s newsletter. It is second Sunday and second Sunday is designated Youth Sunday. The kids and I had spent Saturday morning at the church practicing singing for the youth choir today.  My boys were none too happy about being there.  I understand why.  Disorganization and a whole lot of noise with kids running around, adult moms yelling for the kids to stop, adult moms giving lectures to the children about why they are singing and why they should sing louder, show some emotion and can they smile, children being uninterested and quiet.  I began to become irritated and said something, not loud, whispered to the other moms  about what I felt needed to happen in order for this rehearsal to be productive.  It was taken as if I was trying to be bossy, in Jesus’ name, of course.  I was shocked and offended all at once.  I sat in the back of the church and was quiet.  I watched the disorganization from afar, it was obvious to even Stevie Wonder that I was none too happy. After watching a beautiful sister with a beautiful voice also get rejected when she was giving advice, I saw her skip down the aisle and said oh well, they know what they are doing and it’s all good. And she was good, she wasn’t unhappy, she just went about the business that she came to do at the church. I said to myself then, she has a point.  I didn’t skip, yet I did get my fire back and came back to the fold and helped with practice and moved and spoke when directed or asked and enjoyed myself. 

Well guess what? Today the children’s choir was on fire! I was surprised as were all of the moms who helped with the choir, the congregation, the pastor and more importantly the kids. They were surprised.  Their singing was loud, they were as in- tune as kids could be, they clapped, they jumped, one was overcome with the spirit, they ran  all over the church encouraging the congregation to get up and sing.  The singing was anointed and His presence was felt. The kids even were shocked at what they heard coming from the congregation also the pastor – enjoyment.  My oldest son even ran up to the pulpit and was dancing next to the pastor. It was something to be seen. We had a good time.  The sermon was taken from Matthew:18:1-6 and it reads:

 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

 5“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” 

Now, I have read this before and yet this time I received an interpretation that clicked for me. And for me the clicking is what makes the lesson stick with me forever.

The pastor’s message entitled “An Attitude Adjustment”.  As I type right at the end of the previous sentence, I had an aha moment, I realize that the title was for me. I needed an attitude adjustment on Saturday and I did get one, however this message tells me that I have to continue to be reminded to check myself.  It should remind us all to remember to check ourselves when we think that we know everything.  Quiet as it is kept (now at this next statement I need you to get real close to your monitor and don’t read ahead — just read slow and whisper what comes after the parentheses)….. Yolande does not have to be the boss everywhere she goes and Yolande can be rather overbearing in the manner at which she does not speak. Yolande’s lack of  voice says more than her talking any day. Oh my!! That Yolande (feel free to plug your name in here so it can read “That your name” ) needs an attitude adjustment. The pastor went through these 6 verses and described us as children. Children are eager to learn and believe that they are invincible and they will try to do anything.  For example, a child who is learning how to tie their shoes tries and tries until they become frustrated and then they call on one of their parents to tie their shoes. The parent arrives on the scene and ties their shoes. My thought was, when was the last time you have asked anyone to tie your shoes or in this case when was the last time you cried out to God to tie your shoes? For  me it is daily, for me I cry out to Him and then I give thanks to Him. The scripture continues and we are told that He will  protect His children. He will make sure that if you mess with his children he will drown you. Read it for yourself, I am not making it up.   What that said to me is that we should always continue to learn and always continue to strive to be and do better. Change your thought, change your mind, change your life, change you.

Yolande Barial
Your Words Project: Speaking on Purpose

Seeks to Enrich the Lives of Women through Spoken and Written Word.

“Through her inspirational writings and spiritual poetry, Yolande Barial empowers women of all ages to be on purpose.


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