Macaroni Moment

Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God which Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

My son’s school teacher is using creative ways to get her students to do nice things for other people on a daily basis during the course of the year. Each student has a jar with their name on it filled with one hundred pieces of macaroni and one empty jar with their name on it also. When a kind deed is done for someone else, a piece of macaroni is taken out of the full jar and placed in the second jar. Thus, it will be seen as time goes by; the selfishness or kindness of each student. One morning, as children were being dropped off at the front door of the school, a tiny little pre-school girl was struggling to carry her huge back-pack, a hand full of papers, and close the door of her car. As my older son walked by, he recognized her plight and stopped to help her get the door closed and into the school. That day, his teacher hearing of the kind act, transferred a piece of macaroni to the second jar. Later that evening, as our family talked around the supper table about the days happenings, my wife complimented Nathan on his good deed. Then she said, “You know what son, that was a real ‘MACARONI MOMENT’ wasn’t it?”

I wonder young person, how many times each day do we forget about ourselves and reach out to really help someone else? How many times do we care enough to sacrifice so others can be better off? Do we live day after day totally consumed with taking care of old #1-ME, Myself, and I? Is there a daily desire to be a true servant like our Savior Jesus Christ? If we had two jars that were being used to show us our degree of kindness through the years – how full would our second jar be? I guarantee you teenager, your life will be more joyful and fulfilling if it is filled with “MACARONI MOMENTS.”

Bro. Ed Schwarz

Assistant Pastor

Clays Mill Road Baptist Church

Commonwealth Baptist College