When Jordyn got off the bus, she had a very sad face.
“What’s the matter?” her sister, Jayla asked. “Did you have a bad day?”
“Yes, it was a bad day. We didn’t get to have ice cream,” Jordyn sighed.
“Why not?” Mom asked.
“Because the Owl and Kangaroo tables kept talking and playing after Mrs. Davis rang the bell twice. She gave them red and yellow flags for not listening. I was at the Elephant table and we listened,” Jordyn pouted and folded her arms.
Mom asked, “None of you got ice cream?”
“No. Mrs. Davis pushed it back a day to see how the class would behave tomorrow. I think she should let the good tables have ice cream and not the bad tables.”
“I guess she has her reasons for waiting,” said Mom.
“Mrs. Davis said that she wanted to give all the kids a chance to show they could behave. She said her ‘mercy meter’ was still full.”
“What’s a mercy meter?” Jayla asked.
“A mercy meter is when Mrs. Davis wants to show kindness to everybody even when they may not deserve it. She gives do-overs when her meter is full.”
Mom smiled, “That sounds very nice. That gives everyone a chance to enjoy ice cream.”
“I know, but sometimes I wish she would turn off her mercy meter and just let the bad kids go to another room while the good kids have ice cream,” Jordyn said.
“You wouldn’t feel that way if she did that on the day your table got a yellow or red flag,” Jayla replied.
Micah 6:8 (NIRV) teaches “The LORD has shown you what is good. He has told you what He requires of you. You must act with justice. You must love to show mercy. And you must be humble as you live in the sight of your God.”
Jordyn’s teacher is teaching her class how to forgive and show love.
When have you known you deserved to be punished, but received a do-over?
What are some ways you can show mercy to others?