“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young...” (1Tim 4:12 NIV)
Charlie and his mom were watching a TV show about a dinosaur skeleton that was uncovered in somebody’s back yard. A man with a big beard and a sunburned face was explaining excitedly it was a stegosaurus, and it ate only leaves and plants.
“Who is he?” asked Charlie.
“He’s the expert. He who knows everything about this dinosaur.”
Charlie thought for a second. “Am I an expert in anything?”
His mom hid a smile. “No, sweetheart. People only become experts after they have studied very hard at their subject for years and years, so they tend to be older. Even older than Gramps!”
Charlie tried to imagine someone older than Gramps, but he couldn’t. Then he fetched his spade and started digging in the back yard. But he didn’t find much, only a few old marbles and a catapult he’d lost last summer.
“Charlie, look what I got!” His mom was at the back door waving some paper. They were print outs of other dinosaur skeletons.
“I was just printing them out when the computer crashed. I don’t know how to fix it. Could you go and ask Ned’s Dad if he could come and take a look. He’s an expert in computer things.
Charlie took the dinosaur skeleton pictures over to show Ned.
“Cool!” he said. Charlie told him all about the TV show they’d seen, and what the expert had said. “Do you want to help me dig?” asked Charlie.
Before they left, Charlie asked Ned’s dad to come and fix the computer.
By teatime, they had dug up three pink stones, a rusty key and a coin. But no dinosaur bones. As they sat down to eat, Ned’s dad popped up from under the computer.
“I’ve unplugged it all, then plugged it all in again, and it’s still not working!” He scratched his head. “Aha! It could be…” He fiddled around and soon the screen came on, but it was just a blank blue screen.
“I know who could really fix this problem, a real computer expert.” He dialled a number and invited a real expert to visit.
The doorbell rang. Charlie answered it. It was Duncan Smythe, a boy from his primary school. Duncan had sandy hair and was several years older than Charlie.
“Hey Duncan. What are you doing here?”
“Ned’s Dad called me about a computer problem. I sometimes help with the computers at his office.”
“You’re the expert? I thought experts had to be old!”
Duncan laughed, and started pressing different keys, then removed something from the back of the machine. He blew on it, rubbed it with a cloth then replaced it. Several seconds later the computer lit up. It was working again!
“Nah. I just get computers, you know? A friend taught me one or two things, then I just tried stuff out and it’s easy, you know? When you just love doing it.”
Charlie’s mom appeared with 3 mugs of hot cocoa. “Wow, Duncan, that’s amazing, you really fixed my computer! Thank you very much!”
“He’s a computer expert Mom.”
“Yeah, you must be naturally gifted at computers.”
“I guess so. But I work hard too. Hey, want to play ball?”
Charlie, Ned and Duncan went out and played ball.
“Wish I was an expert basketball player” Charlie aimed at the basket, but missed.
“Maybe if you spent less time digging around in the dirt and practised!” Ned winked.
They all laughed.
“You wait till I discover the next dinosaur skeleton!”
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