Receiving a sudden call from her supervisor, John’s mother was rushing to the office again. John’s mother just told John to take good care of Tim, a five-year-old toddler.
John had a football practice tonight. John complained to his mother, ‘But Tim won’t just sit and watch. How can I practice when a five-year-old is running around?’
Tim was excited about watching John practice. He run around the football court and jumping up and down. John was a bit annoyed.
‘Sit there, don’t run around!’ But Tim was so excited that he couldn’t hear John’s order, he was running between John and the team.
Other team members complained to John, ‘Your brother is disturbing our practice, make him sit at the back please!’ John had enough with Tim. He grabbed Tim’s hand and pulled him out of the court.
‘Sit here quietly and watch me practice, do not run around or go away.’ John returned to the team after scolding his little brother.
Tim was unhappy because he wanted to stay with his brother. He thought John would play with him while they were on the way to practice. After a few minutes, Tim felt bored. Suddenly he saw a beautiful shiny butterfly. Tim was following the butterfly. He didn’t know a man was behind him and he was holding a gun. John had finished his practice and he went to find Tim. He found that Tim wasn’t on his seat. John searched through the court but there was no trace of Tim. Suddenly, he heard some noises coming out from outside. He dashed in breathlessly and saw lots of police were there ---- a man was pointing a gun to a little boy.
‘Isn't the boy John’s brother?’ Someone shouted.
Snatched by a man, Tim was petrified. The man threatened the police. ‘Leave me alone or I’ll kill this boy.’ John couldn’t move, he was so scared he would lose his only brother.
‘John, John, where are you? I’m scared!’ John didn’t know what he should do but he had to save his brother. Suddenly, he ran into the court and got a football. Then he went out of the court with the football and saw the man was still there. He got behind the man and kicked the ball with all his might. The ball hit the man’s head and the man fell down. John quickly ran forward and got Tim. At last, Tim escaped from the man and hugged his brother tight.
The next day, John’s team was playing the game with the other team, the Wolfs. There were only five minutes left and John must goal if he wanted to win. He kicked the ball as powerful as he could just like what he did yesterday, finally it goaled. His teammates were yelling and hugging each other. The Braves won at last. When John turned back, he saw Tim was jumping up and down. He then took out his medal and put it on Tim’s neck. They went home happily.
This time, John didn’t let go of Tim’s hand.
1 Corinthians 13: 1 & 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.