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Eric's Sunday Sermon on Being a Child

Updated on November 16, 2014

The rose through the eye of a child.

Soon enough they learn that the rose has thorns on it's stem. This boy loves to pick them for his mommy.
Soon enough they learn that the rose has thorns on it's stem. This boy loves to pick them for his mommy. | Source

The Joy of a Child's Perspective.

Fresh, innocent, inquisitive and without judgment are wonderful ways to look at the world. A child can and normally does act that way. Of course there are exceptions and also adults can ruin this very early. But a child is predisposed to open and fresh ideas and experiences. Real fear comes later and rules must be followed. But in general it is a free for all in discovery of life and all it has to offer.

Note very clearly here that a steady well defined set of rules actually gives a child more freedom to explore within those boundaries. It frees the child from consequences of breaking rules that they do not know.Oh how true this is of our adult lives. Just give us the rules of the game and do not change them and we can thrive in security and a freedom to pursue excellence. Abraham Lincoln said to the effect: "Obedience of the law is the greatest freedom". It is no less true for the child or the child within us.

Just a thought here. Have you ever seen a child get a toy in a big box. And the greatest toy received by the child is the box? Well maybe we buy lousy toys because this is a constant occurrence around this home.

Bless them!

How about you?

Are you more of a child than an adult?

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To be or not to be? That is the question.

Now here are two bible versus taken out of context but given here to exemplify and amplify the dichotomy we always face. We must receive our world like a child and receive those matters of faith like a child. This could be no more of a dire warning to us to do so.It was

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.1 Corinthians 13:11.


And yet here we see that we are to grow up and act like an adult. We must assume that we grow up at some point in faith. …But Jesus called for them, saying, "Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. "Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all." Luke 18:16.17.

Let us leave the bible and faith out of the equation for a moment. How does this effect us in the secular day to day? Are we to be schizophrenic switching back and forth like a monkey on a vine? How in the heck do we do this in our lives?


Every bird, rock and tree is new and exciting and brings with them a thousand questions.

When an adult goes for a hike too often the quickly judge what something is based on experience and then just move on without appreciation.
When an adult goes for a hike too often the quickly judge what something is based on experience and then just move on without appreciation. | Source

Judgment is the key!

When an adult walks she gauges things like the distance of a step, the speed of a car or the safety of a place. It is so ingrained after years of experience it is not even noticed. This is a good thing and allows us to move and act quickly and efficiently without even noticing it. However this is a bad thing if we become "numb" to what is around us.

We must stay focused in the moment and not use our judgment as a means to be complacent and not look at the world with fresh receiving eyes and hearts. Certainly harsh judgments of new things and new people are to be avoided as that "first sight" is the critical sight for opening the world around us and taking it in like a child. This is not a child's game here, this is serious business.

Just take a homeless man on the street. Our adult judgment says he is dirty and drunk and should be avoided. Our child does not make all these negative judgments a priori. And in fact neither should we. Are we too busy or are we to judgmental of our brothers and sisters to take the time to love them as a child would love a stranger if we did not tell them not to, both by word and deed. (if that sounds a bit condemning - it is meant to, you will know for you)

Assume this is the kingdom of God right here, just for a moment. Would we go around pre-judging things we did not know for sure or would we take them in as a child and wonder and marvel at each new thing brought before us?

What delight a child has in the most simple things.

What a drag that we adults have lost the joy in the simple.
What a drag that we adults have lost the joy in the simple. | Source

Do not run around acting like a child!

The purpose here is not to get you to act immature or to avoid your responsibilities. The point is that we do not need to worry so much and to take ourselves so seriously. Most of us do all of that to well. If we really look at it we are very responsible adults. And we worry about all of life's problems everyday. We do not need a reminder to do such things.

What we is a break and to be in the moment like a child. We need to sometimes forget all that we have learned and just let go and be a child. The world is beautiful through the eyes of a child and only gets better as we get older if we do not put our big boy adult blinders on. Is it too much to ask that we each spend at least a few moments a day being carefree, joyous and happy like a child.

Let us pray for protection from what life gives in harshness so we can relax and accept what life gives in love.

You have enough, do not take mine!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise you always add so much to my hubs, I thank you. You are so right about a child's forgiveness. Before my youngest understood the word, he could forget and forgive a problem in shear seconds and be on about his business. I do not think it was a memory deal either ;-)

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I, too, have thought about that dichotomy in the scriptures. I like your explanation here. We don't need the worry and fretting all the time. It is much better to go on simple faith that all work out for the best. Our children easily forgive, as well, and we would do well to adopt the same attitude.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      dilipchandra12 I really appreciate your reading and commenting on this hub. I am glad that it had the happy effect on you. That makes my day.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Eddy, It is always a treat to have you come by and comment.

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      You just took me back to my childhood and i recollected many wonderful things and how i enjoyed them all. Really nice, thank you friend. I totally agree with the point :)

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub in all respects Eric. Voted up ,shared and one and one which I am saving in order to re-read many a time to come I am sure.

      Thank you for this gem my friend.

      Eddy.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Eric, you are welcome here in New Delhi, the heart of India. How glad I am to hear of your son wanting to meet me. I will be happy to have some dialogue with him. I'm sure his smile is a real light that penetrates deep within you and comes out as words for all of us to savor and be blessed. Lots of love to him from New Delhi.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dearest Harishprasad, it gives me great hope to hear from you and especially from our New Delhi. We give thanks to your mission of spreading love and a higher awareness of what is good.

      I told my son about you. He wants to meet you. But then he called me a "stinky head" so we shall see. We travel as a family to Vietnam in a bit and hope to come visit your area also.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Eric, this is such a useful stuff and it goes beyond doubt to say that nobody can enjoy life without being like a child. When we crack jokes, aren't we similar like children ? When we make fun of each other in our privacy, do we remain adults then ?

      You are so right that in order to enjoy the splendor in nature, our eyes must shine like eyes of a kid. This Monday morning, your sermon filled me with all pleasure and mirth that a child feels happily. A lovely hub that needs attention of all souls who are in search of real peace in their lives. Thank you very much for this very bright light.

      Voted up and shared.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith what we have within us is so precious. God has seen fit in you to show it out side of you. If we just be quiet and hear your love we benefit greatly. I ask brethren to slow down and hear the voice of Faith. For this is a good and marvelous thing.

      Personally I just know that you encourage me. And for that I am forever grateful.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Eric, this is indeed a marvelous Sunday Sermon! We, the adults, can learn so much from children and how we should look at the world and appreciate each little miracle placed right in front of us with such wonder of a child. We grow up too fast it seems. Your precious son is so adorable and I know he keeps the wonder of a child alive in you.

      This is so well written and perfect for a Sunday read! I almost missed it, but so glad I saw it through my never-ending emails.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      God bless you and your lovely family filled with wonder.

      Oh, I love how you do your ads hee hee, you child you : )

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am blessed that that is my youngest child. I love the children so and they teach me so much. Let us smell the roses.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      What a glorious Sunday sermon. To see the world through the eyes of a child would certainly make all things new. Stopping to appreciate everything and everyone benefits us more than them.

      Your choice of pictures was perfect. I take it he is your grandson? He is adorable.

      Voted up, useful, Awesome, and interesting. Hope you have a wonder filled week.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Bill, I only learn from our 4 year old, and it does wear off. My wife is ten years younger than our neptuals over a decade ago. 'Tis a happy Sunday indeed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bev is the child in this relationship, and I keep hoping some of it will wear off on me. :) Happy Sunday my friend.