keeping secrets

12 Jul

On a couple of occasions Adam has given some of the local kids gifts. These gifts usually consist of crayons or a coloring book or simple black pens. Each gift is given in complete discretion. In fact, when Adam gives the gift to the children he lowers his voice, almost like a secret, and explains to them the importance of this gift being only for them. He stresses the importance of secrecy because if everyone knows about our stash then we will have requests all the time for gifts which can be overwhelming if not unfair. Two separate occasions have been particularly revealing.

The first time Adam gave a gift, the child promised that he would not tell anyone where he got his new supplies. He promised that, even if his brother asked about the origin, he would tell him that the people he received this gift from had already left and thus there is no chance of getting the materials. Adam made sure the child understood and asked one more time for confirmation and the child promised again assuring Adam he understood the importance of the secret. Literally the next day another different child came and asked us for new crayons because his friend had had new crayons at school and told him where he got those new crayons.

The second time Adam gave a gift, he gave it to the child who asked for new crayons after finding out from his friend at school that we were gifting new materials. So, once again Adam sat down and had a talk with the child about the importance of secrecy. The child left and met some of the volunteers right outside our house. He asked them if they could also give him new crayons but not to tell Adam because he made him promise that he would not tell anyone where he obtained his new exciting gift. The child lasted maybe two minutes with his secret.

And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” When he entered the house, the blind men came to him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then he touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, “See that no one knows about it.” But they went away and spread his fame through all that district. Matthew 9: 27-31

As Christians, we carry an important secret with us all the time. We hope that this secret is revealed to everyone. We hope that others will understand the importance of the secret once they hear. But how quick are we to reveal our secret? Are we so excited about our secret that we can hardly walk out the door without telling others about the information we know? Does the excitement of this love just spill out of mouths?

Aaron & Adam




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