May 09, 2006

Hippity Hoppity Relay

Field day at school today for Jack and Sophie. Jack hopped right off the ball as seen in one of the pics. I was the leader for the event, "Hippity Hoppity Relay." There was a lot of hippin' and hoppin' going on let me just say, and Jack was not the only one doing a little floppin'. There was fun to be had by all. The kids all seemed like they had a good time with it. There was the usual cutting in line, and eye rollings going on between the kids. I only had to put one little munchkin in the "penalty box" for a time out with a teacher. He and another boy had a bit of a disagreement and he pushed the boy who was on a ball so hard the boy fell off the ball and his feet went straight up in the air. Off to the box of repentance for him, although I do not think he was planning on repenting any time soon.

One of the spectacles that I take in often when I am on the elementary campus, and I am sure for years after, is the girl fights. Little girls can be just flat mean to each other. One group of little girls were arguing about who was better friends with who, and when they discuss this subject it seems like they have their arms crossed, one of their feet are pointed to the side and the opposite hip is leaning out the other way. Once the initial cat-fight, discussion, or opinion sharing was finished, then one by one the little girls would walk by who they were in a fight with and just slide in one more comment.

I can remember being one of 4 girls my age on my street. More often than not, one of the girls, myself included, was on the outs with the others. I was probably in the 3rd grade and looking out my front window and watching my friends rollerskate in a circle across the street at my friends house and they made up a rhyme about me and why they didn't like me - that day. The next day I am sure I was back in the group and someone else was on the outs.

The older I get I realize just how powerful my words are. I love the book of James. I read this book when I was coming back to the Lord and it is very black and white about what is good and bad. For some people those things are just learned growing up, many simple ideas like, wisdom, grace, mercy, forgiveness, righteousness, and taming the tongue, were not ideas I had any idea about for the most part, even though I grew up going to church on a semi-regular basis, I think our house was more survival-mode than imparting wisdom and knowledge.

In James it says:
It only takes a spark, remember, to set off a forest fire. A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.
James 3:5 (the Message version)

I get my toes stepped on alot in James, and I love it, this is a book which does not let you rest on your laurels....a couple of chapter headings...Trials and Temptations, Favoritism Forbidden, Faith and Deeds, Taming the Tongue, Two Kinds of Wisdom...

I can remember reading about how James mocked his brother Jesus for all of his earthly antics, for claiming he was the Savior, when it was all said and done, James repented of his sins, and went on to be a great leader in the early church. I would imagine he was speaking to himself much of the time. I generally identify with the writings of the James and Pauls, those who had a change of heart and were not satisfied with mediocrity in the following of Jesus.

We have chemo a day early this week, Wednesday, then an oncology appointment with Dr. Bowman on Thursday. I will post after chemo.


shellie said...

I sure loved reading your account of the 1st grade Fun Day today. I'm afraid it was much too loud in the gym to hear all those "girly comments" going on. I especially appreciated you comments about the book of James. It has been my absolute favorite book of the Bible since high school. You have such a gift for writing Tammy! Keep it up.....