Posted by Don Hastings on Jan 20, 2016 7:29:50 AM

I have a friend named Kaleb. He’s nine. He attends the church where I attend, and we’ve become buddies. His family situation is dysfunctional, to say the least. Recently, his MeMaw was taken to the hospital where she later died. Just a few months earlier, his Poppaw went to the hospital where he later died.

Both times, Kaleb responded by saying, “I didn’t know they were moving.” So, when Kaleb went to the hospital last week for surgery, he was wide-eyed and inquisitive. Just before he was taken to surgery, he asked his mother if anything the doctor was going to do would kill him. His mother assured him he was going to be OK. Kaleb said that he wanted everyone to know that if he was going to “move,” he was ready to go.

After the doctors and nurses had taken Kaleb back, his mother sat down and asked his grandmother, “Was he talking about dying and going to heaven? Where did he learn that?”

“Why do you think I pick him up every Sunday and Wednesday and bring him to church?” Kaleb’s grandmother asked. “He learned that in KidStuf church!”

When Kaleb’s grandmother told me that story, I immediately thought of the impact we have on each other, especially 9-year-olds. Now, I have a continued responsibility to stay close to Kaleb and be Jesus in his life. I’ll stay close, and I’ll continue to ask how I can help. Soon, I’ll start talking to him about what God wants him to be and point out that a good place to find out what God wants him to be is Trevecca Nazarene University, a Christian university in the heart of Nashville.

Are there Kalebs in your life? Are you being Jesus to them? Are you telling them about Trevecca and the change Trevecca will bring into their lives?

I hope so. We have a divine responsibility to care, lead, and tell our story about the Lord and Trevecca.

May all who come behind us find us faithful!

Don Hastings
Trevecca Alumni Association

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