I am writing this on my return trip from Thailand, after spending two weeks with my two grandchildren, Josiah, age three, and Abby who is only two weeks old. It was a joy to be with my daughter and celebrate Abby’s birth and help Josiah with the adjustment of a little sister. Josiah and I had played hard together and I am reminded of the many lessons we can learn from children.
1. Live in the moment. What matters most is “now.”
2. Being creative is a natural expression of our gifts.
3. Work hard at play. Love what you do and give it your all.
4. Hug spontaneously and say thank you often.
5. Take afternoon naps.
6. Think outside the box (or throw away the box altogether).
7. There is great adventure in ordinary things. Boxes become cars and hiding under a blanket is the best.
8. Pray naturally. Fancy words are just not necessary.
9. Routine builds security and trust.
10. When you act out, say you are sorry (and give a hug).
Some people were bringing little children to Him so that He might touch them, but His disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on them and blessed them (Mark 10:13–16 HCSB).
I hope you have children in your life. I highly recommend you spend uninterrupted time with them and let them teach you some things about life that we adults sometimes forget.
I would love to hear the lessons you have learned, comment below!