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Is It Fair

5. The Great Reversal


Larry spent some time before dinner writing his poem. Larry kept looking at Lisa‘s drawing with such great amazement that he couldn’t hardly believe it. This wasn’t just a brother appreciating what his sister is doing. There was something more. Larry wanted to know what that was.


After dinner, Larry worked on his poem until bedtime.


Just before he went to sleep, he realized that he needed to thank Jesus for the opportunity to be able to share something that might touch somebody’s life, for Him. Actually, the for Him part surprised Larry as he was thinking about it.


Larry was still thinking that the people who are making fun of him are his friends, but not really. Actually, were they his enemies? But not that it should matter. Larry remembered the scripture that says he needed to love everyone, even those who weren’t treating him very well. It didn’t matter whether he thought they were friends or not.


This was Larry’s prayer:


Thank you Lord, for allowing me to have a wonderful family who encourages me. Thank you for Grandpa who also encouraged me. And I do want to thank you for my friends at school, even though I’m having a hard time thinking of them as friends right now. I ask that you would work in my heart, and help me to understand that you love them even if they act that way. I should love them, too. Please change their hearts also, so that they will want to be loving to people around them the way you are. Amen.


Larry was very surprised when he got to school the next morning. Some of his friends came over to him and said that they were sorry for giving him such a hard time about wanting to write a poem. One of his friends asked his parents about writing poems, and they said they both enjoyed writing poems when they were younger, but when things got busy, they stopped writing poems. But they still like poems.


Larry said, “I just want you all to know that I wasn’t being a very good friend when I got upset with you guys yesterday. I know you were not approving of me writing a poem, but that shouldn’t have made a difference in whether we’re friends or not. Please forgive me for the way I acted.”


Then, surprisingly, Frank made a very bold statement, “Larry, I am excited about hearing your poem. Actually, I was just jealous because I wish I was as creative as you are. And I hope sometime I might learn how to write poems, too. Maybe you can help me.”


Larry didn’t know what to say. He was actually a little bit embarrassed that he was starting to cry when Frank gave his response.


Later in the morning, the teacher decided that it was a good idea to give a brief overview of what some of the students were going to do for the fair. She thought that would encourage the ones that were still unsure, or slow starting.


The teacher said, “I am very proud of all of you that have already told me what you’re planning to do for the fair. I do want you to understand that I am hoping that you can all contribute, but if you can’t, that’s still OK. If you need a little bit of inspiration, I would like to read off some of the exciting, but unusual contributions that we’re going to see this year. This does not mean that the others are not important or just as good. Just so you know, whatever is interesting to you, it’s OK to submit to the fair.”


The teacher went down the list and picked out five students' projects to mention. She repeated again that the ones that she was going to mention are not any better than the other ones, just very creative.


Everyone thought that Lisa’s drawing was going to be on the list, but it was not. The most unexpected entry on the list that the teacher read was Larry’s poem. She said that she had never heard of anyone contributing a poem to the fair, but that was OK, because that’s what was in Larry’s heart to contribute.

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