The little 7 or 8 year old boy rode up and down the street on his bicycle with his earphones stuck in his ears while I worked on top of the roof of an apartment. Suddenly he stopped and looked up and asked me, a perfect stranger to him, “Do you like that song?” When I finished descending to the bottom of my ladder, he then said, “This is my favorite song.” I asked him, “What is it about?” He said, “I don’t know. It is Japanese. I can dance to it.” With that he dismounted his bicycle and proceeded to go through a dance routine in the middle of the not-busy street. I said, “That’s good. It must be a good song.” He said, “It is.”
Jesus taught that for us to “enter the kingdom of heaven” we must be converted and become as a little child. Uninhibited to share is usually an inherent quality of a child. Certainly this little boy on the bicycle demonstrated that clearly.
He just freely shared what he was hearing regardless of whether others around him were hearing the same thing or not. He was hearing something good and he wanted to make sure others knew about this good song, and, he wanted everybody to know the good dance that went along with it. So he freely shared it all.
I did not get out there and dance with him, but that did not quench his enthusiasm in sharing his good thing. By the time I got my ladder put back on the van, he was rolling on down the road, perhaps to share his good thing with some other soul. Whether anyone danced with him or not had nothing to do with the fact that he had something good and he wanted others to know about it.
Jesus constantly shared good things: words of eternal life, healing, forgiveness, encouragement, good things to eat, on and on. The nay-sayers and belly-achers did not deter him. He kept sharing his song and dance, enhancing people’s lives around him.
If we are going to increasingly know and experience the things of the kingdom of heaven on earth, we must become uninhibited to share. Abundant sowing will bring an abundant harvest.
Jackie Calhoun is a contributing columnist for the Siftings and can be reached via email at email@example.com.