Who’s in Charge Here?

With their mother close by, a good friend asked two young brothers a question and got one profound answer.

On Tuesday mornings, a church men’s group met early before the workday begins. When the program was over, a group of mothers with their young children convened right afterward in another building close to the men’s group. One morning my friend, Bill, left the men’s group and began walking to his car in the parking lot.

As he neared his vehicle, he came across a mother with her two young sons. The youngest son was about two and the older one seemed to be age four. Both were smartly dressed with their hair combed. As their mother was locking the mini-van she cautioned the boys, “Wait, before crossing the street,” since they were no longer holding her hands. Bill then asked the brothers with some amusement, “Who’s in charge here?” Being young, the boys took Bill’s question seriously. The oldest started with, “I…,” and stopped. The youngest said, “M_ (to begin saying Mom)…,” and said nothing more. There was a short pause. Then, as if on cue, both brothers chimed together, “God’s in charge and Mommy helps out!”

The mother chuckled and looked at Bill with a big smile on her face. As a grandfather, Bill was surprised and amazed at the boys’ answer.

In reading Matthew 18:2-6, I can learn much from children that God puts in my path.

 Questions to Ponder?                                                                                                                             

  1.  Do you believe that the naivety of children can teach adults a thing or two?                         
  2. What have you learned from a child, from your own children or young ones in your family?                                                                                                                                  
  3. Whether you believe in God or not, what do you think about establishing belief foundations early in children’s lives?                                                                                                 
  4. Are you still pliable to learn or hard, cold and skeptical of anything outside of your comfort zone?                                                                                                                                   
  5. What do you think is important to children you know – gifts, your time, and/or that they know you love them unconditionally?

Who’s In Charge Here? is written by Charles H. Castle.                                                             

The purpose of this non-fiction short story is to encourage, build, inspire, entertain and give you, the reader, opportunities to laugh, smile and questions to ponder. If you’re interested in giving the author feedback, send an email to CharlesCastle07@gmail.com. You can purchase Where are the Instructions? at Amazon and CharlesCastle.com.

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