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February 19, 2007

Conviction from a ten-year-old…

We had the son and daughter of some good friends over yesterday. Ben played the daughter a game of chess with her little brother watching. Ben was winning, and the little brother – who doesn’t know the game – was giving advice to his big sister on every move. Unfortunately the pieces couldn’t move the way he wanted them to, so the advice was never taken.

Not once did his big sister bark at him, tell him to stop, tell him to go away, or yell at the top of her lungs. She either ignored him or patiently told him why that wouldn’t work.

This little girl passed a character test that I would not have if the little brother had been one of my kids or a sibling. Ben and I discussed it after they’d gone. We both decided she was an amazing girl with fantastic parents and a healthy helping of the Holy Spirit.

I’m blessed to have a lot of older friends (and a few younger) that I can be inspired and challenged by; it’s humbling to have ten-year-olds who can do the same thing.

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