Just the other day, Kathryn gave me the picture that you see on the right.
I was impressed. Kathryn drew this in watercolor. She gave it to me and it has been in my office ever since. This picture is a keeper. What a thoughtful gift!
Children often give the most valuable gifts.
One Sunday morning, two children (a brother and sister) came into our church building on their way to Bible class. When I saw them, I greeted them:
“What’s going on?”
The sister, about age 8, said “hello” and her brother, about a year younger, just smiled without saying anything. As I passed them, I heard the brother say to his sister “What did he ask you?”
She replied “I don’t know. He says that every week.”
Isn’t childlike honesty great?
Think for a moment about the childlike qualities which may have been a part of your life at one time. As a child, you may have possessed qualities such as:
- A lack of self-consciousness.
- An open expression of affection.
- Delight that is expressed without reservation.
- Transparency about your feelings and thinking.
- An open sense of dependency on the care of the adults in your life.
As I read this list, I realize that these wonderful qualities are often dismissed by adults who live in the “real” world. Yes, the world is complicated, unsafe, and at times, unpredictable. At the same time, maybe we have lost something valuable that we first learned at children.
Is there a particular quality that had as a child, that you would like to recapture?