My mother asked my four year old nephew, as a joke, if he would like to massage her head. Iggy had just come home that day. He was in hospital for a few days when a five day old fever, vomiting and diarrhea would not go away.
Mom was pleasantly surprised when Iggy obligingly massaged her head. To her extra amazement, the massage was really good. My mom was very happy. She complimented Iggy repeatedly.
What came out of my nephew’s mouth was another revelation! Remember that he is only four years old.
“It was Jesus who did the massage dada.” Iggy fondly calls his grandmother dada.
Every so often, God reminds us in gentle ways the virtues He desires in us, in our lives. God’s ways are mysterious in that His messages are manifested even in kids’ innocent actions and statements.
After hearing Iggy’s response, I was reminded of two essential Christian values we need to possess given the current times.
Occasionally, we allow compliments and acknowledgements get into our head that we forget to whom we render all the glory and praises of all our achievements. Sometimes we respond, “Oh yes, my struggles and hard work have all paid off!” However, aren’t our talents and skills or our being industrious gifts or blessings from God? The favorable conditions, don’t you think that it is only through God’s grace that lead us to be where we achieve success? Fame can feed us a “glory-to-me” feeling and yes, we’re supposed to feel good and see the best in ourselves, but we must come to the realization that the success, fame and fortune is in accordance with God’s plan for us as His children whom He loves unconditionally and eternally. We should be boastful of God’s glory and not of ourselves.
First, Iggy’s response should remind us to ever be humble to recognize God’s magnificence.
Second, the simplicity and innocence of my nephew’s words reiterate a simple lesson of gratitude. It precedes humility. To be humble in order to be grateful of God’s blessings will certainly grant us a joyful heart and a life worth living.
Yes, there are many things we can learn from kids.
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