Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Children Have A Lot to Teach Adults


I don't ever want to grow up. I want to stay like my grandchildren, thriving in the beauty of God's nature oblivious to the ugly in the world.



Oh, how I wish I could protect their tender hearts from pain and worldly desires and thinking. How I yearn to protect myself from this as well. It's scriptural, after all.

Jesus says in Matthew 18:3:

"I tell you the truth, 
unless you change and become like little children, 
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

God wants me to change and become like a little child.  So, what are little children like? To find out, I study little ones and learn all they have to teach me. Recently, I discovered this piece in my journal written many years ago.

 Sitting on a beach one day, I watched toddlers play and I wrote:

"Children laugh.

They are flexible, 
kind, 
affectionate, 
loving,
 and non-judgmental.

They are so friendly,
 they'll go right up to a stranger on the beach 
and poke their fingers in the stranger's belly button.

They have no expectation of life or people.

They don't worry about tomorrow.

They laugh today and live for today.

They play and make friends with anyone.

They don't care what kind of car they drive.

They play with people without asking where they work 
and trying to figure out how much money they made last year.

They don't care how people dress, 
their education,
 or their social standing.

They don't gossip or spend their days thinking about or judging what others are doing.

Children live life to the hilt 
because they don't carry adult baggage."



I'm working at shedding adult baggage every day and becoming more childlike. That's my goal. What's yours?

Springtime Splashes of Serenity,


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2 comments:

Lisa M Buske said...

Elaine,

A beautiful reminder to us all. One of my greatest joys is to spend the majority of my time working with children. Their energy, love, and innocence to see the best in people and the world have the power to change lives when we keep our eyes, minds, and hearts open to receive. The Bible tells us that a child will lead them...and that He does.

Lisa M Buske
http://LisaMBuske.com

Elaine W. Miller said...

We are kindred spirits, dear friend Lisa. The heart of a child is in each mature Christian. May we never lose the wonder! Love you.

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