A little book of Wagner-isms
funny. Kenzie put, “You should always show good character. When people see you out they should be able to tell you’re a Christian.”
Tiny little Kaitlyn remembers I taught her “All about Jonah in the whale’s belly.” Faith? She learned from me “Don’t put your finger in a light socket.” True. So very, very true...
Johnathan learned “There’s no such person as ‘Surfer Dude Jesus.’” Alethia knows “You should only eat at Bojangles on days that end in ‘y’. ”
Joshua says I “have taught him lots of different facts about rocks and minerals and precious stones.” I collect them, and often use them as sermon illustrations. Carson learned “How to talk a long time.” How can I not laugh at that? Ava says I have taught her “Just Jesus.” “To worship God” is what Miranda remembers.
Concerning my hair they all seem to remember my promise, “If it goes gray I’ll dye it, if it goes away I’ll buy it!”
Miley says, “I’m gonna tell Preacher Bo if you’re not nice. He says we not supposed to fuss, we supposed to be nice to each other.”
Zack remembers the song I wrote for him, “Jesus Loves Batman.”
The children within your sphere of influence are precious little sponges, absorbing everything you say and do. Jesus said in Matthew 18:6, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
It is an awesome responsibility to have any amount of influence over these little ones who are so loved by God. Never, ever take it lightly, and never misuse it. Memorize Bible verses with them. Teach them the principles of Scripture in your own unique phrasing.
Sing godly songs with them. Be holy, always holy, but also accessible. Jesus gathered little children up in his arms. He is in Heaven at this point; the only arms he has now to do so with on earth are yours and mine.
I love my book. It is priceless to me. By the way, thanks as well to a couple of readers of the column who have now become friends, Bill and Judi. The birthday card you sent me is awesome. What a blessing to get great feedback, whether it be from the precious kids at church or the precious new friends God has brought across my path.