Herbert Hoover once said, ” Children are our most valuable resource.”
President Hoover must have had kids like mine.
As parents, we are given a responsibility as soon as they are born. The responsibility of taking care of a real person’s life. Teaching them how to be civilized adults, God followers, and strong husbands or wives. Sometimes it is hard to put our ego aside and realize…… they are the ones who teach us the exact same things we strive to teach them.
Our children are the very ones who remind us of what’s important in life. Bringing to our attention the areas we need to work on for not only us but for them.
They don’t have to talk with extravagant words or expect standing ovations when they speak, their messages are simple. Simple…. earth rattling… heart flipping messages. Messages you will miss if you aren’t listening.
My son said two little words that I will never forget. Two little words that taught me my little world is a tiny speck in this huge world God created.
It had been one of those chaotic days. One of those days you are rushing all over the place, and you felt lucky that your shoes even matched.
We had to be at my husband’s baseball game at one, and I was in charge of bringing a picture frame. That’s it. Not hard. I could totally handle that. I would leave the house at 12:30, and we would all get their safely to enjoy his game. This was an important game. A game we could not and would not miss.
Ten minutes before we leave, I hear it. I hear that perfect picture frame fall over and shatter. That sound shattered the very moment I felt that everything was going as planned. Talk about a panic. I had ten minutes… ten minutes to get my kids in the car…. run to Target…. and switch out those frames before 1:15. It had to happen. The clock was ticking.
As we pull in the Target parking lot, I hear my son saying “God did” (he learned this phrase from our bible study that morning). The two words screamed at me over Kevin Hart’s voice in the Pets movie (which is hard to do because for some odd reason I am obsessed with Hart’s voice). I had no idea what made him say these two words, but when I glance in the rearview mirror and ask him “God did what baby?” He started pointing at the man on the corner of the parking lot. The man holding the sign.
Talk about a crying fest. On any other day, I give. Today…. I didn’t even notice the man who was calling out for help. My mind was in the tunnel of “Get the frame. Get to the game.” My son showed me my one minded frame of mind wasn’t what I was supposed to do that day.
My son’s words will forever impact my life. HE was the adult. HE was the one teaching me what was right. HE was the one who taught me to slow down and remember this world is not population us. He noticed the man we were supposed to help while I only noticed Target and the purpose of getting there.
It’s about others. It’s about getting our head out of our little cloud and seeing the people behind the cardboard sign. It’s about noticing. Loving. Caring. Giving.
It’s about our kids teaching us.
Seeing the world in their eyes. Slowing down to watch the centipede walk over a piece of grass. Sitting in the swing to listen to the redbirds. Dancing just because. Sinking our feet in the sand and analyzing every seashell.
As Dr. Seuss said,” Adults are just outdated children.” We are. Where did we lose our passion over the years? Where did we lose the simplicity and slowing down to endure the beauty of the world?
Maybe we’d be better off if we could be a little more like our children.
Matthew 18:3 – And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
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