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In a previous life, I helped lead retreats for schoolchildren from Christian schools. A class of kids, usually age 8-10, would come for a week at a time during the school year with their teachers, and we would be responsible for activities, worship, and meals every day. At that age, kids tend to be somewhat competitive, and excited to prove themselves to both their peers and adults.
One week we had a particularly competitive group of students, and I got frustrated with how much pushing and shoving was involved every time we lined them up to go somewhere. Finally, as we were about to head over for a meal, I waited for them to stop jostling for the best place in line, and then called out, “OK! Since Jesus said that the last shall be first and the first shall be last, everyone turn around and follow the last person in line to dinner!” There was much less competition for the best place in line after that!
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