Not Too Far From Wrong
From Illustrations Unlimited, edited by James S. Hewett.
It was the Rally Day program at the church and a little girl was to recite the Scripture she had memorized for the occasion. When she got in front of the crowd, the sight of hundreds of eyes peering at her caused her to forget her memory work.
Every line that she had so carefully rehearsed faded from her mind and she stood there unable to utter a single word. In the front row, her mother was almost as frantic as the little girl. The mother gestured, moved her lip, trying to form the words for the girl, but it did no good.
Finally, in desperation the mother whispered the opening phrase of the memorized Scripture: "I am the light of the world."
Immediately the child's face lit up and a smile appeared on it as she said with bold confidence, "My mother is the light of the world!"
Of course everybody smiled and some laughed out loud.
Then they soberly reflected that the girl, in some way, was not far from wrong. For the mother is the light of the child's world.