Sermon Illustrations

It was Robert Fulghum who wrote "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten." It appeared in a number of different places. You’ve probably seen some of it around schools and other places. Fulghum touches on an important fact of life – that we develop our basic values for life by the time we’re 5-6 yrs old. In other words, those values that we especially learn from mothers. See if that doesn’t ring true in these words:

"All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School. (then he goes on to share the things he learned like: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.) Then he says: Think what a better world it would be if we all -- the whole world -- had cookies and milk about 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or, if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. 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 stick together."