A nine year old boy is sitting at his classroom desk when all of a sudden there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants is wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop. He cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It has never happened before and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. And when the girls find out they’ll never talk to him again as long as he lives.
The boy believes his heart is going to stop. He puts his head down on the desk and prays, “Dear God, this is an emergency! I need your help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat!” He looks up from his desk and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered. But as the teacher is walking toward him a classmate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the teacher dumping the bowl of water in the boy’s lap. The boy pretends to be angry but all the while is whispering, “Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord.”
Now, instead of being the object of ridicule he is instantly transformed into the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him to the restroom and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out. All the kids are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The outpour of sympathy is wonderful, but the ridicule that should have been his is now on Susie. She tries to help but everybody tells her to get out of the way. “You’ve done enough damage you Klutz!”
Finally at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, “You did that on purpose, didn’t you?” Susie nods, “I wet my pants once, too.” Susie had experienced an embarrassing moment herself and was willing to do whatever it took to save her classmate from humiliation. She is what you call, a true friend. She saw a need and was willing to help out no matter the cost.
Many people don’t want to get involved, will turn away, and ignore a cry for help. A true friend wants to help in time of a crisis. For this reason, Jesus Christ came to earth: He wanted to relate to our issues. He went out of His way to save us, heal us, deliver us, and befriend us.
A little child looked up as his dad and asked, “Daddy, how does God love us?” His father replied, “Son, God loves us with a love that is unconditional.” His boy asked, “Daddy, what is unconditional love?” The father looked him in the eyes and said, “Do you remember the two boys who used to live next door to us and the cute little puppy they got for Christmas? Do you remember how they used to tease it, throw sticks and rocks at it? Do you remember how the puppy would always greet them with a wagging tail and try to lick their faces?” “Yes,” said the boy. “Well, that puppy had unconditional love for those boys. They certainly didn’t deserve his love, because they were mean to him. But he loved them anyway.” For more info you can visit us at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.