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Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 08:14:09 -0200
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Finding Lexis -- Lessons from a Little Girl
  by Joel Alexandre Matheny

I went to the hospital with my friend, Ryan, who
had to do an MRI scan and meet with the doctor
following the exam.

I was there as emergency chauffeur in case they
decided to drain his knee and give him a
cortizone shot.

While I was in the waiting room, a spunky little
girl was playing in the kids' little corner.

When she found a Spiderman mask, she ran around
the room shooting spider-webs at everyone, doing
the Spider-man fingers and making this swoosh
noise.

After about 10 times, I started making faces at
her, much to her amusement. This continued for
another 20 times around the room.

She came and sat down beside me after she had
rid herself of her mask and her alter-ego. We
started chatting, and she told me her name was
Lexis. I'm guessing she was 5 or 6 years old.

She talked to me about her boyfriend, and about
a pillow fight she had and, most peculiar of all,
she started explaining to me a chain of events
in the Exorcist. Yes, the horror movie.

We were chatting along until Ryan came out. When
they came up, I turned to Lexis, and said:
"Lexis, my friends are done, so I'm going to
have to go now, OK?"

She replied, "Oh, OK, I'll just go tell my story
to someone else. Bye!"

And she popped up and hopped off to talk to
someone else!

That afternoon stuck with me.

The Bible says we are to be like children to
inherit the kingdom. This little girl did not
know me, yet she sat down and just started
talking away, not worrying about a thing. Yet
when I told her I had to go, she wasn't in the
least bothered by that. She just hopped up and
went to go talk to someone else.

Maybe we should be more like kids in this sense.
Sometimes we get so upset if someone leaves us,
when in reality we should just hop up and go
share joy with someone else.

Perhaps this could also be applied to spreading
the gospel.

We tell people about Jesus, but if they get up
and walk away, we shouldn't be bitter or grumpy.
We should just hop up and go tell someone else
who will listen.

No drama. No sweat.
_______
Joel is a junior missions major at Freed-
Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn.

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