Simon says “wiggle your toes!” Simon says “raise your left hand!” Put your hands on your head! A-ha! Simon didn’t say to put your hands on your head. You lose.
We played Simon Says with the little ones on our weekend family reunion at the Hampton. It cracked me up to watch little two-year old Amy follow every command whether Simon said it or not. Her big sister would point and yell Amy, don’t do it unless Simon says! And lil Amy would clap her hands and giggle in glee showing us all her teeth. You know why? Amy didn’t realize she was the loser in the game; she saw herself as the winner.
A devotional arrived in my email today. “Look around you and you will learn an important life lesson from a child,” the writer declared.
This doesn’t pertain to me since I’m not in the company of little kids, I thought. But the Holy Spirit reminded me about playing with Amy and observing a winner reaction to a loser label someone puts on you.
I can react like a winner when my back-seat driving husband criticizes my lack of talent when I park in tight spaces. I smile and say, I’m going to back out and do it again knowing I’m a better driver than him any day even if it does take me a few tries! No argument follows.
I can react like a winner at the Rec Center when the woman exercising next to me shouts me down for cleaning the equipment before (as well as after) I use it. I never know if some big sweaty guy just ran off. I see it all the time, I say with a big smile before I step on the treadmill! No argument follows.
I don’t have to berate myself when scrutinized by anyone because, like Amy, I know I’m a winner even if I did it wrong in their eyes. I belong to Jesus, the God of second, third and many more chances in order to get it right.
That’s the lesson I learned from a child today. The enemy would love to take us down in the small things as well as the big. Don’t let him. Remember who created you. Just smile and keep looking cute, okay? Simon Says!