Thursday, June 14, 2012
For all of you out there with a fear of clowns...don't worry. There are no clowns like that here. I mean, there are clowns here, but not the kind you're thinking of. Not those guys...with their rainbow wigs and large knives.
No, not those guys. Not them. No, sir. Nope.
Be back in a minute, need to go make sure the doors are locked...
Back! And no sign of Rainbow Wig Chucky anywhere. Phew!
The picture on this post is of my baby. Not the adorable child on the right...mine would be the somewhat creepy-looking, but still handsome, clown-kid on the left.
This picture just came to me via bro-mail, as one of my brothers is on a missions' trip in Central America with my youngest child. Thank goodness for picture people in the family! I still have a roll from '92 to develop. (I know, I know..."good luck with that!")
When I saw this image, and a few others of my boy dancing around making small children happy, I mused, "I need to share this." Not because everyone needs to see how cute I think my kid is. Or, to show an aunt how much he's grown since the last time she saw him. Not even to show grandparents that he is safe.
I was simply overcome by the thought that we "brag" on a lot of things we see kids do, but rarely on things that really matter.
Hey, don't get me wrong. When this same clown-baby was on local TV news for having a great baseball game a while back...you can bet I shared the link with others to view. I'm still a human mother, for crying out loud. And I very much enjoy "liking" the precious pictures of friends' children doing everything from graduating preschool to dancing in their first recital to picking their noses. Seriously, cute. If they're under the age of 10 and picking their noses, that is.
But, what if...and hang with me here for a minute...what if, every once in a while...well, what if we just bragged on the often unacknowledged acts of goodness in the lives of the youngsters around us? The random acts of kindness.
More like intentional acts of Christ-likeness.
Sounds a bit strange, doesn't it? I know, but it shouldn't.
We fill stadiums and auditoriums to cheer our kids on to victories and curtain calls. I get this. I've done this. And it's what we should do. Yet...
...as I sit and look at the image of my clown-child, well, I just feel differently regarding what I want to get excited about in young people's lives. Oh, you can bet your last chocolate bar that I'll be yelling from the stands this fall at football games, and whooping it up from my folding chair next spring when they start making chalk lines on the baseball field. His graduation (God willing!) next year from high school...of course I'll be excited.
I just want to make sure I’m prudently proud. I want my children, and those around me, to see that I value what God values. Like a teenage boy who would rather put his hard-earned money toward a trip to a place requiring a clown suit than toward a trip to a prom requiring a tux. I'm sure tuxes are in his future, and I'll have my brother take a picture (remember: undeveloped roll of film from '92) of the charming boy in them. But right now, that clown suit looks great.
How about the 7th grade girl I know of who is taking care of younger siblings while her mother slowly loses a long-fought battle with cancer? Too heavy sounding coming from the cave? Albeit it true? Well, then what about the child who may never sing in front of people, but makes sure the chairs are put away after the program?
In no way am I saying that these children displaying servant-hearts are somehow super superior. I can promise you clown-boy has his moments of selfish non-greatness…just like his mama. I am just so challenged today to get my pom-poms and megaphone out for things we see in people not making the news or the honor roll or the Hall of Fame.
A kid scoring a touchdown is cheer-worthy, but so is a kid who is always kind to elderly people.
A kid who can draw amazing pictures is awe-inspiring, but so is a kid who can draw a bullied peer into a loving circle of friends.
A kid making a 4.0 is due praise, but so is a kid who truly always does his or her best...regardless of the outcome.
A teen wearing a varsity jacket covered in recognition patches can make a mom proud. And should.
So can a teen wearing a clown-suit covered in calico patches.
Look in and around your cave today. Notice the unsung and unappreciated things those in our world are quietly doing.
You just might experience a little Clown Pride yourself...