This happened two Saturdays ago, i brought my Jovial's friends to their youth church, whilst i attended my adult's service with my lovely wife.
These wonderful friends of my Jovial came up to see me in the adult church when their youth service ended, almost all of them complained that they were hungry and my adult service was still in progress thus i could not take them out for supper.
Spread before my eyes, were some foods covered with plastic foils intended for the adult church attendees. Covered !!! meaning can't touch them yet, so when i looked at these boys' faces, i could not help but to break the rules, so i did.
I opened the plastics foils and invited them to help themselves, i thought it was all right to do after all it was only less than 10 minutes before the drop of curtain on the adult service, so they were happily munching away.
Suddenly they were balked at by one guy working for the church with unfriendly tone and uncompromising eye contact with the boys and i heard him saying, " the service not over yet, don't eat the food" there were no friendly reminders, no pleasantry accorded.
The guy was right in telling them to stop eating but the way the message sent was much less deisrable, in actual fact i wanted to walk up to him and telling him it was me that asked the boys to eat, but his fiery demeanour set me back from apologizing, i was wrong in that account.
The boys were stunned and felt kind of ashamed as if they just stole the foods and quickly i told the boys that it was all right, after all it was not their fault, it was me who got them into " stealing" the foods, right?
In retrospect, i remember the first time going to the church as a kid, all i felt was happy, warm, accepted and longing to go there week after week.
You know everyone wants to be respected that includes the teens as well, they might be naugthy and rules breaking sometimes, if we show them respect, i bet they will reciprocate in the same gesture.
Sometimes i wonder how often we use the words PLEASE and SORRY.
P/S : Have a heart when someone loses one