"A Message For All Ages"

February 22, 2024 | By Chuck

    As l look around my office, I see shelves full of books. I like books. I guess I’m old school. I don’t read from the Bible app, a Kindle, or an iPad; I like holding a book and reading it. There are so many kinds of books in my office. Who knows how many Bibles I have on my shelf? I have books about Christian living. There are several Bible commentaries and study books. I have a section of books on marriage and family. And, of course, there is a small section of books on sports.

            Of all the books in my office (don’t have a clue how many), I have only one children’s book. You may think that’s odd, but it’s really not. This children’s book is special for two reasons. First, a friend and dear sister is the author of the book. Secondly, the message of the book is a message for all ages. A children’s book with a message for even adults? Yes, for sure, I absolutely believe this to be true. I have read this book to Faith’s 3rd-grade class and one other, and I plan to read it at a different elementary school next Friday.

            The story is about a Mugwamp (if you don’t know what that is, read the book) who desperately wants to be friends with a little girl that he has seen. We are all born with this inherent need to be loved, have companionship, and enjoy friendship. Before a child can even define friendship, he or she desires to have someone to play with. Whether it’s playing with little cars, playing with baby dolls, or throwing a ball in the yard a child wants and needs someone to share those activities. The ones who share in those activities usually become friends. I know it sounds cute and perfect for children, and it is, but not only for children.

          Contrary to what some believe about themselves, even we adults need friends. Life is hard and we need the support of good, godly, trustworthy friends who are always in our corner. You may say that your spouse is your best friend, and I think that’s great and truly how it should be. But, having another friend or friends to enjoy life with and who have your back is only helpful. I love the story of “The Okachoowa Mugwamp” because it highlights the importance of friendship, which I believe is a message for all ages.

            “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)