Mercy, as the tender ‘feeling gift’, shows up in loveable, cuddly children. As babies, they smile easily and seem to have a soft, quiet disposition. They have a tendency toward shyness, with a certain clinging tendency toward their parents in early childhood. Loud noises and harsh word easily bring them to tears.
These children are prepared for their ministry by the gift of an open, friendly, receptive disposition. Sharing is easy for them. They seem to have a natural capacity to think in the pronoun ‘we’ rather than ‘I’. It is easy for them to express love and show affection. They find joy in making others happy. They can give verbal appreciation and possess a freedom orally.
Little servers, like their adult counterparts, have identifiable interests which prepare them for practical and creative ministry. They can become absorbed in play and play alone, particularly when it concerns the use and dexterity of their hands. Smaller children seem to love such things as cars, trucks, craft sets, toy irons, stoves, tea sets, clay, crayons, and the like. Older children go on to enjoy sewing, knitting, electronic and constructions sets, and microscopes.
The ruling gift shows up in children in the zeal and enthusiasm of their personality. They are outstanding in their wide interests, excessive activity, and somewhat ‘forward’ personality. They tend to be joiners, will volunteer for most anything and run for various school offices.