A few nights ago we were driving home after eating dinner out together, just the two of us (everyone else was out of town), and he piped up from the back seat:
"Mom, when I grow up, I want to help people."
Ah, be still, my proud mommy heart. "Why, Evan, what a nice thought. Helping people is a great goal. What would you like to do to help people?" I'm thinking maybe doctor, fireman, Roto-Rooter man . . . .
"I'd like to help people who are lost."
Even better! I go in for the kill.
"That's really cool, Evan! You know, the people who are most lost are the ones who don't know about Jesus. Maybe when you grow up you could help people find Jesus, like Pastor does."
Silence. Then, "Mom, I don't understand you. I meant like if they get lost in the forest, I would help them find their way out."
Can't blame a Lutheran mom for trying!