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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Jesus Was a Kid Too

Working kids: Have we got a job for you!

Between school, homework, sports, music lessons, chores and play, a kid’s life can be pretty busy. Imagine also working a job. Some kids juggle demanding careers along with all their other responsibilities. And many of these working kids wouldn’t have it any other way.

Take Zach Veach, for instance. At 16, he’s barely old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. But Zach is already a race car driver training for a spot in the Indy 500. Earlier this year, Zach won his first big race and took home the championship prize of $10,000. But Zach isn’t just interested in winning. He’s using the spotlight to help others. Zach heard about a teenager near his hometown in Ohio who crashed her car while texting and driving. So Zach started a program to promote safe teen driving. He also created a cell phone application to help people avoid texting while driving.

Olivia Bouler is a 12-year-old artist who loves animals. She was sad when she heard about the Gulf Coast oil spill last year that affected many birds and other creatures. She wrote the Audubon Society offering to create watercolor illustrations of birds to raise funds for cleanup efforts. Since that time, Olivia’s art has raised more than $200,000. Olivia has created a book, won conservation awards, and even appeared in a public service announcement.

Kids like Zach and Olivia are proving you don’t have to wait until you’re grown to accomplish big things. Did you know Jesus was a working kid? When Jesus was 12 years old, His family went to the temple in Jerusalem. When they returned home, they didn’t notice they’d left Jesus behind. After a while, Jesus’ parents realized what they had done. Worried and upset, they hurried back to Jerusalem. To their surprise, they found Jesus in the temple talking with the adults about God.

“‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked. ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’” (Luke 2:49, NIV).

Even when He was a kid, Jesus was sharing God’s truth with others. You may not be able to earn a paycheck right now, but you can do something more important. You can do great work for God by telling people about Jesus.

— Christina Quick

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