As a curious, but insecure, youngster, I looked forward to Show and Tell at school. Just like it sounds, Show and Tell was when kids brought a treasure to class to show off and tell a story about why it was special or unique.
You could bring in a stuffed animal or goldfish, a baseball card or photo from your family vacation, a shell from the seashore or a ticket stub from an amusement park.
Show and Tell was the insider’s look at classmates’ interests, home life and values. It created connection and provided common touch points.
Knowing more about my classmates gave me a more accurate understanding of them and diminished the angst about being the newest or youngest or poorest kid in the class.
Sneaky Secondary Benefits
The process taught us public speaking skills and audience etiquette. Telling stories, paying attention and being a good listener are acquired skills. Applauding the student at the front of the room taught us to be polite and kind.
Story engages listeners. Captivates their imaginations. Show and Tell might have been the first time any of us publicly proclaimed what was good in our lives.
We still Show and Tell
Don’t we still Show and Tell? Consider how quickly we share about a big sale at our favorite store, recipes for quick dinners, a wrinkle cream that actually works, or photos of the children or grandchildren’s achievements!
Show and Tell is the training ground for spreading good news.
How is God showing up?
People are eager for real connection and love to hear stories. How can you Show and Tell what God is doing in your life right now?
Show and Tell-ing our Good-News-God-stories builds relationship intimacy, provides opportunity for deeper conversation and encourages others to share their Good News.
What does that look like?
We all have our conversion story, but I want to challenge you to notice and share what God is doing in your life right now. How is he leading you, assuring you, comforting you, or challenging you?
I’ll go first.
What God is teaching me right now is to love my detractors and critics and lean on him for my value. For someone like me, who wants to be liked, this is tough stuff.
I try really hard not to be obnoxious, but even on my best day, I know there will be those who don’t like me – they will say things that hurt me, offend me or tick me off.
In those moments, I want to retaliate, boomerang their harsh words back at them, or slay them with sarcasm … but God … says to love them.
I’m having to learn that a gentle word turns away wrath (Prov. 15:1) much better than my sharp response.
Practicing thankfulness for all the ways God loves and gifts me is the (near) cure-all for my broken heart and hurt feelings, (James 1:7) knowing His approval and love is enough.
Making the Golden Rule my guiding rule and treating others the way I wish they treated me (Matt. 7:12) is a great way to share a Good-News-God-story.
What is God doing in your life that you can use to Show and Tell his love and goodness?
Leave me a comment. I’d love to read your story.
Verse for today: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” -Philippians 4:8
Prayer: God Almighty, give me courage and opportunity to Show and Tell of your goodness, kindness, provision, love and forgiveness. Continue to give me what I need to become more like you and demonstrate who you are in my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.