September 12, 2019

Robert Fulghum’s book of short essays and poem of the same name “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” became well-known after it was published in 1986.  It was a simple, humorous, and truthful approach to how we should interact, behave, and understand our role in the world around us.  Some of the suggestions included; “Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess.  Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you’ve hurt somebody.”

Most of the lessons we’ve learned at the earliest times of our life, still apply to our life as we get older.  Some of the things we struggled with most since we were young, we may even struggle with today.  When we look to how we should make the most of our life, we can go back and be reminded of our earliest lessons.  The situations we face in our life may be a little more complex, but these truths, reminders, and lessons still apply.  It might even help us to look at these things in a more basic way because it helps us to see what’s most important.

In our faith, we are also reminded of basic truths.  These are what we teach our children and what we should always hold close to our heart, even when life gets extra busy, extra complicated, or extra difficult.  God is good.  God loves us. God is always with us.  Love God and love others.  Trust in God always.

Amy Givens, Director of Youth Ministries