May 10, 2012
Nurture Good Traits
“Tag! You’re it!”
Jester tapped Joker with his nose and took off running. Several other lambs joined in, baaing and romping along the pond’s rim. Jester climbed down the ditch and popped up the other side. Annie followed but the rest of the lambs hung back.
“Whatcha afraid of? Come on!”
The other lambs baaed and milled around at the edge of the ditch.
“Make way, coming through!” Remus called, running from the back of the flock to catch up, his little black legs pumping across the grassy berm. Showing no hesitation, he bucked a couple of times and plunged into the ditch after Jester. The rest tumbled through with him.
“Come with me, Jester.” His mother called.
“Aw, shucks, Mom. We were having fun.”
“And I was leading the whole flock!”
“You’ll grow up to be a good ram. The others follow you already.”
“Do you really think so?”
“Yes. Leadership is a good thing to nurture.”
“What does nurture mean?”
“It means to take care of something, to treat it special so that it can grow into what it should to be.”
Jester stopped and looked over his shoulder. “Is leadership something that grows? Like wool?”
“Yes and no. You don’t see it like wool, but grows inside you.”
“Practice, mostly, like you did playing tag. You started the game. You took the lead and the other lambs followed. Even fun things only happen when someone shows leadership and gets it started.”
“And I did that…didn’t I.” His little chest swelled and he cocked his ears a bit higher.
“Yes, you did.” A smile lurked at the corners of his mother’s mouth.
This post is part of Christian Writers’ May Blog Chain on the topic, “Nurture.” Check out the other Blog Chain posts by clicking the links right.