A Later Tater

As far as potatoes go,
There’s one thing you should know,
You don’t want to be a later tater.
You’ve heard of tater tots before,
And the mashed potatoes that I adore,
But have you heard of a later tater?
You’ve heard of a demonstrator,
Maybe a reconciliator,
Perhaps you’ve filled a radiator,
But have you heard of a later tater?
What’s a later tater, you say?
It’s someone who’s late every day.
That’s what we call a later tater.
But I’ll tell you something that’s really fine,
Someone who is always on time.
So please don’t be a later tater.
Punctuality has nothing to do with “punching.” Punctuality
means being on time. Someone who is punctual is
considerate of other people by arriving when they said they
Did you know that Jesus said He is coming back to earth?
He never said exactly when He would come again, but you
can trust that at the right time, He is coming back. The
angels who were with Him when he ascended into heaven
after He rose from the dead said, “This same Jesus, who has
been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the
same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
Copyright three-thirty ministries, 2008.

A Fly in My Eye

What’s that I hear.
It sounds like a fly.
Whatever it is—
It’s now in my eye!
Hop. Hop.
It’s a grasshopper, I think.
Plop. Splash. What’s this?
Now he’s in my drink!
Whoa! Look out!
A bumble bee’s flying near.
Huzz, buzz. What’s that?
I think he’s in my ear!
Is the fly in your eye,
Making it hard to blink?
Is there a bee in your ear,
And a hopper in your drink?
These things don’t belong.
Don’t you see?
That they shouldn’t be there,
Is obvious to me.
Do pigs belong in the sky?
Should a cow live in your den?
Does spinach belong in a pie?
Should a Christian’s life have sin?
Sin will never ever belong,
So do what right—not what’s wrong.
Someone who is righteous lives the way God wants them to
live. They live in a right way doing right things in a right
relationship with God. But we all make mistakes.
Sometimes they are accidents, but sometimes we do wrong
things on purpose. If you do something wrong, listen to
what the Bible says in 1 John 1:9 about what you should do,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Do you want Marcus to stomp on your toes?
Or stick his little finger up your nose,
Or squirt you with a water hose,
Or tell your secrets so everyone knows?
Do you want Thomas to tell a lie,
So that it hurts your feelings and makes you cry,
Or throw sand in your face that gets in your eye,
Or say you’re a real mean, nasty guy?
Would you like for Christy to throw food in your drink,
Or to tell the world that your feet stink,
Or knock you down at the skating rink,
Or call you a name like a Lying Fink?
Do you like it when friends don’t follow through,
With promises they made to you,
Or in your chair, they pour some glue,
So  your pants get stuck and you can’t stand when you’re through?
Do you like for others to cheat at a game,
Or do something wrong and give you the blame,
Or call you a real hurtful name,
Then why would you do to them the same?
If you don’t want these things done to you,
‘Then why would you do them to another?
So do good, tell the truth and be kind,
The Bible says to love each other.
(Yes that even means your sister or your brother!)
In Matthew 7:12 Jesus said, “So in everything do to others what you would have them do to you.”  This is how Jesus wants you to live.  
He doesn’t want you to treat others the way they treat you, but the way you want them to treat you.  So if you want others to share with you, you should share with them.  If you want others to be kind to you, you should be kind to them.  If you want others to talk good about you, you should talk good about them.This is God’s way of living!
I don’t!  I won’t!
I’ll slam the door!
If I don’t get my way,
I’ll fall to the floor!
In Walmart, McDonald’s,
And the doctor’s office, too.
I’ll even do it,
Inside the zoo.
I’ll have a tantrum.
I’ll have a fit.
I’ll fling my arms and scream,
And, I’ll even hit!
People can look.
I don’t really care.
People can point.
People can stare.
I don’t even care,
If they give a big laugh,
Cause I’m throwing a fit,
Underneath a giraffe!
I want it!  I want it!
I’ll slam the door,
If I don’t get my way,I’ll fall to the floor!
Give me what I want,
‘And give it right now!
I don’t know why,
I can’t have a pet cow.
I don’t care what you say,
And I don’t care your reason,
I’ll throw a tantrum all day,
All the way to the end of the season.
I’ll keep going
Til the leaves turn green,
And when Christmas comes,
You’ll still hear me scream!
I’ll keep going 
Til I’m red in the face,
And I’ll yell so loud
That I’ll shake this place.
I don’t!  I won’t!
I’ll slam the door,
If I don’t get my way,
I’ll fall to the floor!
Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h!  S-c-r-e-a-m!
Wait a minute!  Where did you go?
Aren’t you going to stay?
And watch my little show?
And what’s that you say?
I can no longer go outside?
I can no longer play?
I have to sit in the chair
For five minutes long?
Because what I did was mean,
Because what I did was wrong?
Fits aren’t very fun,
Ive changed my mind now.
Tantrums are wrong.
And who really needs a pet cow!
I’d talk to you more,
But because of my fit,
I have to go now,
And be quiet and sit.
‘Pick up your mess.”
”Clean up your closet.”
”It’s time to brush your teeth.”
What do you do when your parents tell you to do something?  Do you complain?
Do you argue?  Do you pretend not to hear them?  Or do you obey them without having to be told a second time? 
Listen to what God says in the Bible in Proverbs 20:11, “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and  right.”