My cute 7 year old son just played a drum solo in his school’s talent show. He did a phenomenal job, if I do say so myself. However, the few weeks leading up to the big show was not so awesome. We had a run in with a 5th grade bully! Three different times this bully intimidated my 1st grader and told him he had better NOT sign up for the talent show, HE was going to be the ONLY one to play the drums, not Dylan. (Side note: my kid has an unusually remarkable ability to play the drums at a very young age and he had preformed at last years talent show as a kindergartner as well). Dylan was sad, and discouraged and did not want to deal with this kid so he decided he wasn’t going to preform. But after a good talking to from my husband and different students that we see on a regular basis he felt up for it and began to practice again. LONG story short, because of the encouragement from students and even their parents and ministry leaders from our church Dylan felt strong and brave and loved and like a full blown rock star! We had 35 people sitting in the audience with PANIC ATTACK T-shirts on (his band name ). They cheered and clapped and gave him a standing ovation! It was one of the greatest moments of my life!
It was just a joy to see so many people who love my kid stand up for him in a situation like this. Another reason why I love having students in our lives. God’s church is AWESOME!