A child's mind and heart
When we were children, we never were afraid of taking chances, or of others. What we also lacked was prejudice, regret and hurt.
Then enter the world, slowly and almost unknowingly, we begin to succumb to peer pressure from the people we interact with. The world seems to be full of all sorts of corruption; greed, hate, envy, and other sin, we can find all these and more in the neighborhood we live in. What has become of helping your fellow man, did it become too inconvenient, or as I suspect, did we become too selfish.
When did this trend of “Me first” become so prevalent in this country and other prosperous nations? Why does it seem, we need a crisis to bring us together on the issues of real importance.
Childhood, what should be one of the best times of our lives, is it lost for today and tomorrow’s children? For some children, it is only the beginning of a life of pain and suffering. Who will stand up for these most vulnerable among us, will it be me, or you? Will we just turn a blind eye and deaf ear towards tomorrow’s future inhabitants? I am so privileged, even though my existence has not always been pleasant, I can only imagine the neglect an unwanted child may feel. Why do we continue to hoard, knowing others go without? Do you remember how eagerly we would share a sandwich, or a toy with each other, where did that child go?
Do you have children now? I will admit, I have a daughter, she is a teenager and at sometimes can be very trying of my patience, yet that is a different issue, my point here is; I would stop at nothing to afford all I have for her. To give her a life that is rewarding and one that she will be content in living. It pains me dearly, to know there are children of mothers and fathers in this world, who desire the same for their son, or daughter, yet will never see their lives reach that full potential.
To some, I may seem to be too liberal, or better yet, too much of a bleeding heart. At the risk of being labeled as such, I wish to show another who desires the welfare of today’s and tomorrow’s future, his name is Jesus Christ.
Matthew 19:13-14 (New International Version)
The Little Children and Jesus
1Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
14Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
Did you ever have someone teach you to say your bedtime prayers, I believe they may have sounded like these.
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. This is the version my mother taught me, yet I have heard others who feel this is rather dark for a child, so the latter two lines could be substituted with, may angels watch me through the night and keep me safe till morning light.
This is a small sampling, of the feelings I have for all children throughout the world, what are we teaching our own children? What is on display at home for our children, we do want them to grow in a way that that would demonstrate leadership and we do want them to be prosperous, do we also want them to be calloused, at the expense of losing their compassion and empathy towards their fellow man.
That last word I mentioned, empathy, we may not have the resources to help our fellow man financially, yet we surely possess the ability to listen to each other earnestly and share sorrow for one another’s misfortune.
Going back to that childhood, the most fun I had were not in my moments of solitude, but rather in my moments of sharing wonderments and joy with my fellow man. Pass on the greatest gift each of us has to give. That would be love, and no love is greater than unconditional love, and in order to have and share this kind of love, you must have the mind of a child.
Matthew 18:3-5 (New International Version)
And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.