Do you need an attitude adjustment? I did! Three little girls from Uganda helped me realize that.
Our Church hosted the African Children’s Choir from Uganda. We had three beautiful little girls and their fun choir leader stay with us. I learned so much from our time together.
Especially when a 2-day visit turned into 6 days! I learned about Uganda and what life is like there. I learned some words in Luganda.
But the most important thing I learned was that I had a bad attitude and it needed to change.
I’m very task oriented and I always have a to-do list on the go. I had my own plans for that week but God changed all of them.
God wanted me to spend my precious time on His little ones.
I planned for a 2-night stay. I was excited as I cleaned my house, changed the beds and bought groceries. Then we got word that it would be 3 nights instead.
My heart attitude wasn’t good. I thought about all the tasks I wouldn’t get done.
Then our little guests arrived and thanked us for everything. They thanked us after every meal, every car ride and every task done for them. The thanks were often given with a hug.
It was a pleasure to serve them because they appreciated it so much!
Then God brought this verse to my mind. ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:40
This was my assignment from the God of the Universe.
He wanted me to care for these little ones.
I could do it begrudgingly or enter into it and give it my all.
Once I realized that this was my short-term mission trip I focused on the girls and their choir leader.
They were more important than anything on my to-do list!
It was pleasure to serve the girls and share our home. We had a picnic in the park and ate chicken nuggets and French fries from MacDonald’s, a rare treat for them.
We read books, made craft projects and played games and learned some good jokes. The choir leader cooked us all a delicious African supper.
I had so much fun reading the little girls a bedtime story and tucking them in each night!
We took them to our cottage. As we drove I tried to explain that we had another little house, which we lived in for part of year. I felt ridiculously blessed!
It was an evening of fun food, swimming, playing games and a campfire complete with marshmallows.
I watched the girls run and play and get louder and louder throughout the evening. That was when I knew they were really comfortable and were being healthy noisy little girls!
By the end of the 6 days I had 3 little girls and their chaperone tucked into a special spot in my heart. I was blessed by serving them. I will reminisce about their thankfulness, their smiles and their lovely voices. They will be in my prayers.
I will always remember that week in September when God asked me to put aside my plans and brought me a special assignment. God sent 3 little girls to give me an attitude adjustment.
Just like the little girls I hope to be thankful to all the people who help and serve me.
I will remember that people are always more important than my to-do list!
TODAY’S little STEP: Be open to special assignments that God sends your way. When you accept the assignment you will be blessed!
If the African Children’s Choir comes to your city be sure to go see them!
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