Did you know that a typical ant can carry 50 times its body weight?
Did you know that houseflies hum in the key of F?
Did you know that kangaroos use their tails for balance so if you hold up their tail, they can’t hop?
Did you know that fleas can jump up to 200 times their height? This is equivalent to a man jumping the Empire State Building in New York!
Did you know the slowest fish is the seahorse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph?
Remember Snapple caps? If you didn’t drink Snapple, you wouldn’t, but under every cap they had a fun fact that had nothing to do with Snapple. It had everything to do with starting a conversation. And for so many people, they couldn’t wait to have a Snapple because it started a conversation.
I love having conversations and I think we need to have more of them. I have lots of conversations with students throughout the day and they range from every topic under the sun. They go from pretty easy ones like where to go to college to more in-depth ones like severe loneliness and how do I know God is real. That is one of the greatest blessings of Christian Education: we don’t just present the gospel, we walk with the kids through the gospel. Too many times the gut reaction to the phrase, “Building Illiana”, is thinking about a physical building. While it is exciting to see work being done on the property and the really large mound of dirt (we should make a name for it), the real work in “Building Illiana” is in the building of the hearts and minds of our students. And it starts with the conversations that happen on a daily basis. So I encourage everyone this week to have conversations with your kids and your grandkids. Have conversations with them about their hearts and their minds. Talk about the gospel and the love of Jesus with them. Wouldn’t it be great if this entire weekend was focused on having conversations with the kids of our community about how we can pray for them, encourage them, build them up, and help them grow into ferocious followers of Jesus Christ? Let’s all make this our goal this weekend as we continue to seek to build the kingdom and the hearts of our kids.