My son Jacob is in his Pre-K class called “Transitional Kindergarten” —no longer is it called “Pre-K”, now they are “transitioning” into kindergarten! Jacob’s teacher is fabulous, and all of what you would think of in a school teacher. She is fun, joyfuland loving, and has more energy than even her students.
His teacher does some really creative things to engage the kids and get them to grow personally and behaviorally, as well as academically at this level. And, she knows how five-year-olds are wiredto be “me-focused” and seeking validation from their peers. My son is no different, as every day all he wants to do is show up at school and tell his teacher and his friends, about all his toys, talk about his recent trips and basically share everything about his life.
To make the students less self-focused, the teacher has created a project called “It’s all about me.” She sends each students home with a box and asks them to return to class filled with the items that are all about them. Each child gets to do this two times throughout the year.
As I consider Jacob’s class, I realize that though I am decades older, my life is still all about me: my work accomplishments, my wife, my church. We think we change as we get older, but we don’t. I am basically the same maturity level as my son, it just looks different. Just as Jacob filled his box with so much that he had to waddle into school because of how heavy it was, my box is filled to the brim with all the things I want others to know about me.
Jesus does not want us to seek validation from others and be weighed down by the things of this world. Instead, he want us to be filled with the “things” that are from Him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.
If we really listen to Jesus’s words, we will fill our hearts with less things from the world, and more things of God which will allow us to carry a lot less in our “boxes” and to focus on the things that matter in life —living a life filled with love for Christ and for others. My challenge to you today is this question: What is filling your box? Why not let Jesus fill your box, and take a rest from the things of this world?