11 May, 2009

Joy of Children

Kat wrote about the difference between how kids see things and how adults do.

Children live in the moment. They find intense joy and deep pain in every little thing. A pretty flower. A firetruck. An ice cream cone. Bubbles.

With each passing year, adults seem to lose the gift of living in the moment. We live in the future or the past. In worry or regret.

There are a lot of adults in my life who miss having children around. I am one of them. I have (soon to be) 8 nieces and nephews in CO, my best friend has two kids, my mentor 1, but none of them are in DC. In fact, very few of the people I know in DC have children - and that does effect ones psyche because we loose something without children around.

Children have wonder, adventure, they are in the now - they see things more simplisticly, more how we ought to see things. My nephews will be friends with anyone. They don't care about who that person is or what associating with that person will do.

Jim Wallis once said that his mom taught that if there is someone on the playground without a friend he was to become a friend to that person. What if we applied that attitude as adults?

Jesus told us to be like children. He said the Kingdom belonged to them - and I think we are to find more simplistic joy, more living in the moment, more curiosity and love and wonder and less cynicism, fear, to do list's and worry about the future.

So, how do we live more in this joy and in the moment?

I think by walking with Him in a real way. Matthew tells us not to be worried about tomorrow but to focus on today. We are told to love one another - a vital lesson we can take from the interactions of children. And again, refocusing our priorities on what is right before us, taking in the sunshine and the moment of stillness instead of looking at our iPhones wondering when we get to leave and go do something "more important."

What if we all behaved more like children and less like "civilized adults?"

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