I've been so busy teaching Vacation Bible School this week that I missed my Monday post.
I have to tell you about our "junior guide" at VBS. Junior guides are teenagers who run around with our camp groups and help the teachers.
My junior guide is named Zach.
He is the coolest kid. He is really compassionate with the little first-graders. If he thinks they may be hurt or otherwise in need of assistance, he's there immediately. He's not overly concerned about his peers; he'd rather pay attention to what we're doing in camp. I wouldn't be surprised if he chooses a teaching profession when he's older, as he seems quite interested in what I'm doing during the teaching segment of VBS. (The other segments are music, craft, and games.)
The other lovable thing about Zach is that he wants to participate as much as possible in the activities of camp. He was our first volunteer to be "David" in the activity where we ALL played King Saul and simultaneously hurled cardboard spears at David. (Yeah, VBS is a fun and violent occasion.)
When I see a teenager like Zach, I'm encouraged by his ability to see past himself, to nurture others, and to do good.