"I was so embarrassed!" my friend said. "I got angry at the wrong people, for the wrong reason and made a big fool of myself."

"You admit it and you can even talk about it; that means you are a big man!" I praised.

There are plenty of those embarrassing moments when we were livid, thinking we were correct and smart, when in fact we were totally wrong. The disciples had the same tendency of making a fool of themselves, assuming they were doing Jesus a big favor.

You probably remember this occasion:

Some people brought their children to Jesus so that he could bless them by placing his hands on them. But his disciples told the people to stop bothering him. When Jesus saw this, he became angry and said, "Let the children come to me! Don't try to stop them. People who are like these little children belong to the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:13-14 CEV)

They apparently thought this was what Jesus would have done. After all, they were busy and had plenty of ministry agendas. Besides, spending time with children was a drain on their limited resources, produced no visible or tangible results, and worst of all, contributed little to the coffers of their ministry.

The surprising thing is, there are still plenty of us who get fuming mad about putting emphasis on children's ministry.

When we neglect the little ones in church, aren't we just playing the fool?

Jesus finished teaching his disciples with these words:

"I promise you that you cannot get into God's kingdom, unless you accept it the way a child does." Then Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them by placing his hands on them. (Mark 10:15-16)