Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Zebra Question

Be Involved- "In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around.  The body we're talking about is Christ's body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn't amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body..." Verses 4&5

Step One: Need Other People 
Step Two: Get To Know New People 
Step Three: Know Yourself

   Zebra Question
I asked a zebra,
Are you black with white stripes?
Or white with black stripes?
And the zebra asked me, 
Are you good with bad habits? 
Or are you bad with good habits? 
Are you noisy with quiet times?
Or are you quiet with noisy times? 
Are you happy with some sad days?
Or are you sad with some happy days? 
Are you neat with some sloppy ways?
Or are you sloppy with some neat ways?
And on and on and on and on 
And on and on he went. 
I'll never ask a zebra
About stripes
- Shell Silverstein, A Light in the Attic 

If you can't tell, third graders are learning a few things about poetry right now. I read this particular poem in class today, and I want to know, are we Christ with some worldly ways? Or are we worldly with some Christ ways? Do we get our meaning from the body of Christ, or does the body of Christ get it's meaning from us?

This month's goal is to be involved, and as the verse says, "Each of us finds our meaning and function as part of His body."  I think that in order to really do this, we need to give ourselves a little evaluation: a zebra question.  

1 comment:

pickmeg said...

Great Silverstein Share!

When you forget about them, the poems are always a gem when heard again.

I'm good, with bad habits.