Lessons From A Young Child

June 20, 2018
by Vincent Walter

Isaiah 11:6b – And a little child shall lead them. (NKJV)

Several years ago, I learned two profound lessons from a young girl.

1. When you become aware of a problem, always try to figure out how you can help.

My wife and I had decided to fly from Toronto to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to visit a couple from Zimbabwe who had "adopted" us as grandparents a few years earlier. They had been living in the southern United States but had recently moved to Canada and were living in Winnipeg with their four-year-old daughter.

We chose a midday flight and decided that we would just purchase our lunch on the flight. Much to our surprise, we learned that our chosen carrier had a policy that they served food only if flights were two hours and thirty minutes or longer. The scheduled time for our flight was two hours and twenty-five minutes! We couldn't even purchase a slice of bread or a cookie!

After arrival in Winnipeg, we settled in to our hotel and invited the young couple and their daughter to join us for dinner. As you would expect, we told the young couple the "terrible" story of having been deprived of food over the lunch hour. The conversation was between four adults, but a little child was listening.

We had a pleasant visit on Friday and Saturday, and then on Sunday, we met at church, and they were going to take us to the airport for an afternoon return flight to Toronto.

Without speaking to her parents, that little child arose on Sunday morning, obtained a small plastic bag, and put some crackers in it. When asked by her parents why, she said, "So Grandma and Grandpa will have something to eat on their flight back to Toronto!"

Thinking about this, we all realized that not only do we have to be careful when we joke about something, since little ears may be listening, but more profoundly, we should always be thinking about how we can help to solve a problem and not just be an innocent bystander.

2. Be careful how you correct someone's error.

1 Peter 3:8 – Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. (NKJV)

This young lady started attending a school where the teacher taught basics one day and then tested the students the next day on the prior day's teaching. She was very bright and always had the right answers, as did many of the other students.

One day, she was the only one with the correct answers. Apparently, the teacher had erred and handed out a test paper for material that she had not yet taught. Most of us might have fallen into the trap of telling the teacher about her mistake and accepting the plaudits from teacher and fellow students alike. After all, this young girl proved that she was very smart (smarter than the others) because she knew the answers even before the teacher had taught the facts.

However, she chose a different path. She approached the teacher in private and suggested that she might have given out the wrong test paper. When asked why she didn't tell the teacher in front of all the students, she replied, "I didn't want to embarrass her."

This sensitivity to another's mistake, concurrent with her willingness to forego the praise that could be considered her due, showed a maturity far beyond her years.

Prayer: Father, help us to be like a little child and continue to learn to follow You. Help us to be considerate of others and helpful in all we do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Vincent Walter <vwalter@bell.net>
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the lessons, Vincent.


    Thank you for this moving devotional. God Bless you.


    I have several children and grandchildren and certainly, no lack in the lesson department! That is, if I have the grace and humility to see and learn. Thank you for the reminder.


    What an amazing story. How many adults would have such a response.
    The Spirit must be very active in that little girl and we can all learn from her.
    Thanks so much for sharing.


    Dear Vincent:
    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and important message with us. May we all be mindful when wisdom is spoken.
    God bless you.


    Greetings Mr. Walter,
    Many thanks for this morning’s devotional. Very meaningful, thoughtful and expressed such important advice.
    Blessings,
    (B.C.)


    Hello Vincent
    How precious is this story about the little girl and the bag of crackers!!!! So very true and so many don’t realize just how much little ears can hear.
    Thank you for this devotional and have a great day!! You seem like a really nice man and a treasure to have as a friend.
    God bless!


    Wow how smart and sensitive for a four year old, I guess especially a four year old.
    When a child that age is so sensitive I think it shows how much the parents talk just casually to her. When youngest was five the Principal said talking to our daughter he could tell she was talked to. He always said he could always pick out the ones who had somebody in their home who talked to them in just a casual way.
    If the secretary could not find him she went into the kindergarten room. (jk not available yet) he would be lying on the floor playing with the kids.


    And a little child shall lead them, yes indeed! Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

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