Each of our Pastors over the years has been "blessed" by a different trick of Davin's. I like to think of them as a little test for the pastor. Frankly, it helps us to know if that is a church for us if the pastor can work through that. If a pastor can't deal with Davin's special little tricks during the sermon, and if it makes him too distracted, then we probably shouldn't be there.
Let's see, Pastor Vansant dealt with a lot of tricky things. I guess one of the biggest tests was Davin bursting into tears any time there was a skit or something he thought might be scary. We caused our share of scenes there:-) Pastor Green put up with a lot of shouting!!! Davin was just shy of being a teenager when we started going to Pastor Green's church and for some reason, Davin really liked people to know he was there. We would remind him over and over again, but there was a time where we had to just stick it out and deal with his loudness. He was taken out of a lot of services, but eventually that became the trick, so we stuck it out and things eventually got better. Pastor Green was a trooper and never seemed to be distracted and we even joked about Davin's test for him:-) Our new church is blessed by a trick that has been used for a long time, but sparingly. Now, this trick has been brought to the top of the favorite list and the very best place to perform it is during the morning service at church. (Okay, also small group:-)
Davin's new favorite is that he loves to lift his shirt and show you his stomach. Not just a little, either. Now this is a quiet trick, so that is a bonus. It is not just a shirt lift, but he also looks around to see who might be watching. Hmm, not sure he is paying enough attention to the sermon.
I know that he has worked very hard for his abs with all of his exercises and so I don't really blame him. This trick is not exclusive to church, but it is used most often there. If you come to our house, he will show you (especially if you are visiting us for the first time), when we go to doctor appointments, he likes to show the doctor. I know what you are thinking. What kind of mother does he have who lets him lift his shirt all during church and regularly smiles when I see it?
Today we visited a church in York, PA. Davin probably had his shirt up for at least half of the service. I tried to keep on a handle on things and pull it back down, but he had a pretty tight grip, had it hiked up as far as he possibly could and felt really strongly that he should be doing that. Oh dear;-)