Tutoring, Fruit Snacks, and Flash Cards

I was reminded tonight of why I love my job so much.

If you just follow this blog and you don’t know a lot about me, I am the director of a non-profit ministry called Refuge Ministries that focuses on reaching out to teenagers and effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with them.

It’s an opportunity to minister in ways that I love and unfortunately, take for granted way too often. I thank God for the fact that He allows me to work everyday to do what I love to do.

Tonight, I sat down with a young man, probably 9-11 years old who has been struggling with Math. I sat down with him, a pile of multiplication flash cards and a bag of fruit snacks. I said, “For every one you get right you get a fruit snack, for every one you get wrong, I get a fruit snack. Whoever has the most fruit snacks at the end gets a free bag of new fruit snacks.” And we began.

He struggled with some,  breezed through others, and simply was lost on a few. Overall, I was really impressed and encouraged with his ability to remember the basic multiplication tables as I attempted to teach them to him.

I wonder if God sees me like that kid sometimes. Sitting down at a table, having trouble figuring something out, wondering if I’ll ever fully understand it. God just waiting for me to ask Him for some help so we can split some fruit snacks. God wants to give me lots of fruit snacks, He wants to bless me and give me the gift of His presence. But I have to ask for it.

This young man wouldn’t have received help had I not known that He needed it. I found out because myself and others engaged in his life and asked questions, learning from relationship that he is struggling in math.

How often do I let God really in on my struggles? How often do I go to God and say, “I need help in this area, can we split some fruit snacks?” “I’m lost as a leader/brother/friend/fiancé can we talk?”

I only go when I screw up a lot of the times.

I mess up.
I pray.
He forgives.
We move forward.

I mess up.
I pray.
I feel guilty.
He forgives.
We move forward.

I want to be more like the young man sitting across the table. I want to be less like me sitting at the table holding the flash cards. God is holding the flash cards of my life. And Yours.

Wanna split some fruit snacks?

By the way — he got way more flash cards right and way more fruit snacks.

He enjoyed a bag of Kellogg’s Cherry Fruit Snacks on the house.

Good job, kid.

About andy

I like to talk, I like to write. I like to share. This blog lets me do those things. It's just my thoughts, things that happen to me. I'm a pastor and the director of a non-profit organization called Refuge Ministries. (By the way, the thoughts shared on this blog are in no way associated with Refuge, they are just mine...so, don't get upset).
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