what if we all approached life as a little child?
I was thinking about this yesterday when I picked the kids up from school...I had been helping out on the playground earlier in the day and my daughter wanted to know how it was, she asked "did you try out the swings?"
"The swings? did I try them?"
"Yes, did you try them? they are really fun,"
"Oooh, no, I did not,"
"Oh, you should sometime, they are really fun, they go really high."
And, what if I did? what if I dropped my playground duties and just hopped on a swing with the kids? I mean, seriously, don't you remember swinging?? it really was fun. what happened to us grown-ups? when did we stop enjoying life? and didn't Jesus come so that we could have and enjoy life? why do we have to walk around being all serious?
I heard a sermon recently that was all about joy...we find our strength in joy and Satan will do everything he can to steal that joy...b/c it IS our strength.
I wonder if we'd all be a little more joyful if we followed our kids examples? I could follow any of those little kindergartners around on the playground, and, I bet you, my attitude would be entirely different. I could sit on the dirty pebbles and dig a great big hole in the ground, chase a butterfly, chase my classmate, chase a bird AND squawk at it, climb the monkey bars BACKWARDS, hold a roly poly, and laugh A LOT. I bet you that I wouldn't care that my fingernails are coated in dirt, or that my hair is a serious rat's nest or that my shirt is covered in stains from playing so hard!! It's funny, maybe if we all took time out to be a little bit more like children, we might notice God a little bit more too...we would see the beauty in the details of all of the amazing things he has created...and, as I mentioned before, I am pretty sure we would find more joy. I dare you to imitate a child today and then tell me how much fun it is!!
"But Jesus called the little children to him and said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." Luke 18:16-17