All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Jesus in Kindergarten

Written by on November 7, 2018

Not long ago, I ran across this five-year-old Jewish kid sporting grass-stained denim carpenter’s overalls and a grape juice moustache.

All I really need to know about how to live
I learned from Jesus in kindergarten.

Wisdom is not at the top of a mountain
But on the playground
In a pile of wood chips from a carpenter’s shop.

These are the things I learned:
Share your fish and chips. Pray fair.
Learn some and sing some and
Read the Good Book some and laugh a lot.

If you lose your lamb, go and find him.
At recess, if someone takes your sweater,
Give him your jacket as well.

Remember the little seed:
The rocks and the weeds and the birds try to steal it.
But the roots go down and the plant goes up
Thirty or sixty or a hundred times bigger.

A good tree has good fruit,
And a bad tree has bad fruit.
Fish and the little seed and even the little Lamb dies.
But there is something very, very good about the third day.

Remember your first picture book
And the first word you learned – love.
Everything you need to know is there somewhere.
The Golden Rule and how to care for your sheep and feed them.

Think about how much better life would be
If the whole world had crackers and grape juice
At three o’clock every afternoon.
Then after a story about loving your neighbor,
Lay down for a nap.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are,
When you go out into the world,
It is best to hold hands and stay with your Father.


Friend, what have you learned from that Kid?

Rise to freedom!

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  1. Susan   On   November 7, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    What goes through my head when I think of that precious 5 year old is : Matthew 19:14 New International Version (NIV) 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” How sweet!

  2. Gary Lovelace   On   November 12, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Nancy and I just had a chance to read this. It was our humor and blessing for the day. Thank you for sharing these principles and your life with us.

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