"Wanna come to church with me this week, Darren?" asked Jacob, who was at his cousin's house for the day.
"Nah," muttered Darren. "I don't like church."
"How do you know?" asked Jacob. "You've never been there."
"I just know, that's all," said Darren. "Let's go see what's for dinner." He led the way to the kitchen where he peered over his mother's shoulder. "Salmon patties, yum!"
Jacob frowned. Then he was embarrassed when he realized that his aunt had noticed. "Don't you like salmon patties?" she asked.
Jacob shook his head. "No, not really," he said.
"Have you ever eaten one?" asked Aunt Kim. Again Jacob shook his head.
"Then how do you know you don't like them?" asked Darren.
Jacob shrugged. "I just know, that's all," he said.
"That's dumb!" argued Darren. "Salmon patties are so good! But hey, if you don't want any, I'll eat yours." Aunt Kim smiled. "Before you do that, I think Jacob really should try one," she said.
Jacob frowned and started to protest, but Darren interrupted him. "Yeah," he said. "Give it a try--you might like it, Jacob."
Jacob grinned. "Okay," he said, "I'll try salmon patties if you'll try church."
Darren frowned. Then he shrugged. "Guess you got a point there, huh? Fine," he said. "It's a deal. You try salmon patties, and I'll try church. Okay, Mom?"
His mother nodded. "Sure. You can go with Jacob this week."
When they sat down to dinner, Jacob hesitantly cut into his salmon patty. He put it in his mouth and chewed slowly. "Not bad," was his verdict. He eagerly ate the rest. "I think I'll have some more!" Aunt Kim smiled and passed him the patties.
The next Sunday, Darren joined Jacob and his family for church. On the way home, Jacob eagerly turned to his cousin. "So?" he said. "What did you think?"
Darren smiled and shrugged. "Not bad. Can I go again with you next week?"
Mom nodded. "Of course," she said. "And tell your parents they're welcome to come, too." Barbara J. Westberg
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you ever turned down invitations to go to church or Bible club because you thought you wouldn’t like them? Have you ever tried them? Next time, give it a try! Listen to the lesson and songs and think about them. If you have any questions, ask them. Once you start learning about God, you just may find you want to know more and more!
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
*Verse displayed is NKJV