|darwin (mash) and denilson (nicho)|
i walked into their room last night and they were both on the couch, messing with their phones. i immediately started giving them a hard time. (we make a specific effort to stay un-addicted to smart phones in our house.)
in unison, they responded defensively, promising me that they weren't on social media or playing games. i grabbed their phones, and to my surprise - they were on their bible apps.
they went on to tell me that they were going on a "double date" the next day to antigua. turns out mash is "a little bit" interested in nicho's girlfriend's cousin...
they explained that their plan is to hike up to the cross in antigua, a famous antigua landmark. once at the top, they are going to sit on the mountain and "explain to the girls the significance of the cross, just like you taught us when we went on the rhino excursion."
i told them how great of an idea that is, and answered a couple of their questions about verses they were looking for... then walked out of the room holding back my tears! i guess it was one of those sweet moments where an impromptu, real-life example touches your heart.
these two guys have been growing like crazy during this year's leadership program in our house. spiritually speaking, they have fallen in love with Jesus, and are sharing him with friends and family members. not only that, but they are both pure servants. they jump to help at every opportunity. they are as loyal as can be. they are learning how to manage the academy. they are protective of luci and even kerrie.
they are simply turning into great young men.
i'm reminded of when the Lord sent samuel to jesse's house, to pick the next king of israel. jesse lined up all of his boys - big, strong, charismatic, and full of "king potential." but after examining them all, samuel said, "is this all you've got?"
jesse replied (paraphrase) "well, there's david... he's out taking care of the sheep... but he's just a little runt." samuel had them bring david to him, and after seeing him immediately anointed him as king.
mash and nicho are like david. i never would have predicted how they've risen to the top. others in the leadership program are much smarter, more outgoing and more charismatic (and are still here, and doing well.) but nicho and mash are the most consistent. they don't complain or ride their emotions. they are always in a good mood. they work hard, and will do absolutely anything for you.
as samuel was choosing the next king, the Lord told him "do not look at his appearance, or his height, or his stature... for the Lord sees not as a man sees: man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
when i look at mash and nicho's outward appearances, i see a couple of little runts! but when i look at their hearts, i see something big, bold, and beautiful.
i see hearts after God's heart.
i see a couple of davids.