Monday, February 20, 2012

Adult vs. Kids’ Visions

And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Matthew 18:2-6

When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.
My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.

When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away.

My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen.

My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up their own.

When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it.  I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. 

My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it until they fall to the ground laughing.
When I pray I say Thee and Thou and grant me this, give me that.

My kids say, "Hi God!!! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet.  I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."

When I see a mud puddle, I step around it.

I see muddy shoes and clothes and dirty carpets.

My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with.

I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from?

No wonder God loves the little children!!

Have you ever thought that sometimes God looks down at us and thinks, “How can they make it so complicated?!”  Surely He must wonder at how quickly we lose our innocence and our joy from life as He designed it.  We are so prone to analyze and scrutinize every little thing that we sometimes overcomplicate life and steal the simple joy and blessing in God’s world.

How we envy the unspoiled joy and experience of children!  Untainted by all of the fears that we have developed over the years they say what they are thinking, move without looking around to see what anyone else thinks and sing loudly whether they have the right notes or not.

We even complicate God’s gift of love and salvation with doctrines, laws and other assorted religion.  How simple is it? 
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

Take a look at the world with the eyes of a child and you may be amazed at how wonderful life is.

Scripture to Claim:
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Psalms 127:3-4

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