*Shared with my son’s permission. I mention this, because he wanted to make sure in the telling of this story, that his teacher would not be offended.
My son LOVES to read. He soaks up knowledge in such a way that I only wish I could.
In his reading, he comes across many facts. Since he loves history, and specifically World War II history, he has many books on this subject matter and he rereads them often.
For this story, you also need to know that his number one favorite book is the Bible. His thirst for The Word began one evening that is described here, which was in no part the doing of my husband or myself; it was ALL the work of the Holy Spirit.
In one of my son’s school courses, his teacher mentioned that the oldest computer, the first ever-made was the “ENIAC” computer.
My son did not agree with this. He had read about a computer that was made during WWII. So, he was at an impasse here.
As he was recounting this to me, he told me he was trying to decide whether to correct his teacher, or not.
He said that he referenced a passage he had read in his Bible recently. He told me that in his reading of Proverbs, he learned that if you correct the foolish, they will make a fool of you, but if you correct the wise, they will thank you.
So, he entered into an internal debate whether his teacher was foolish or wise.
(Have I mentioned that this kid brings so much joy to me?! I just love the way he sees things!)
He determined that since his teacher was indeed a teacher, that it meant she would fall into the wise category.
So, he raised his hand.
Once called upon, he said, “Um, Ms. X, I believe you are wrong. The first computer is not the ENIAC. It is the Colossus.”
To which, she replied, “No, it was the ENIAC.”
At the end of class, there was some free time, so my son searched Google and found the dates of the two computers, showing that the Colossus was indeed made first.
He raised his hand once again, calling her over to his computer. He said, “I don’t mean to be a smart-alec, but it says here that the Colossus was first.”
She looked and replied, “Thank you for telling me this, now, I will know.”
As he walked out of class that day he said to her, “I really didn’t mean to be disrespectful.”
And she said, “You weren’t”.
He breathed a sigh of relief that he was correct in his assumption that she was indeed wise. He knew this because she thanked him. 🙂
If only I could remember to reference scripture like he did each time I am at a crossroads.
It’s amazing how children can remind us of how very easy it is to apply God’s Word into each and every part of our lives, isn’t it?
“He who corrects a scoffer gets dishonor for himself,
And he who reproves a wicked man gets insults for himself.
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you,
Reprove a wise man and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.”
Lord, thank You that Your Word grants instruction on how we should live. Thank you for the reminder via my son, that I can apply Your Word into even the seemingly smallest of situations. Thank you, Lord, that You CARE about the seemingly smallest of situations that we encounter in each of our days. You are amazing.