The principal of a school walked down to the cafeteria during lunch. It was a much louder lunch than usual.
When she arrived she saw students standing and yelling at each other. A couple of boys looked like they were about to break out into a fist fight. Others crowded in the corners laughing and whispering to each other. The teachers in the cafeteria were trying to get things under control.
“I’m telling!” said a young child nearby.
“Go ahead. No one cares!” said another child in reply.
The principal was in shock by all the misbehavior. She didn’t know where to begin.
Then she felt a tug on her sweater. “Mrs. Principal?”
She looked down at a little girl. “What?” she said angrily.
“Do you want to join us for lunch?” the girl asked.
This warmed the principal’s heart. The anger evaporated and she smiled.
“Yes, you save me a seat and I’ll be there in a minute,” she said.
Then she walked calmly to each of the misbehaving children and addressed the issues. Some she sent down to her office for further reprimand. Others settled down once they saw her.
She came back and joined the young girl and her friends for the remainder of lunch. It was a very nice conversation.
“The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if even one is wise, if even one seeks God.”Psalm 14:2
“They have good reason, then, to fear; God is with the company of the just. They would crush the hopes of the poor, but the poor have the LORD as their refuge.”Psalm 14:6-7
- Why didn’t the principal erupt in anger at all the misbehavior?
- How are you able to do the right thing when other kids around you misbehave?
- What are some of the activities you can invite someone into during your day?
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