Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Heart Of A Child

Kids know how to live; how to love.

"Wait, I have to go back inside!" Lecia cried.

"Why? Don't you want to go to church with Papa and Grandma?"

"Yes, but I have to…" She scrambled out of car seat, out of truck and into house.

Through the window I saw her run to mother's arms - hug - turn and walk back outside, satisfied.

She simply said, "I forgot to hug mom bye."

It didn't matter to her we were running late. It didn't matter that she was already lifted into the truck. She needed to say good-bye, well.

I think her priorities were better than mine. She was in a hurry to fix a gesture of love, forgotten. I was in a hurry, to not be late… No real reason.

What if we lived like a child? Not childish, but child-like; quick to forgive, willing to love, unconcerned about impressing thy neighbor and oblivious to fads.

Thanks Lecia for setting such a good example.

Lord, help us to slow down and finish well so one day as we run into your arms we will hear,

"Well done My good and faithful servant."

Unless you change and become as little children you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Mt: 18:3

PHOTOS: Lecia: playing in snow; first fish; being silly; with cousin Nevaeh.

I pray you have a wonderful Christmas. Remember, the most valuable gifts are free. Appreciate others presence more than presents.

And although it's great to give, it's vital to receive
THE GIFT, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone.


Denise said...

Amen, I totally agree with this precious post my friend.

HisFireFly said...

What wonderful insight into the way we should approach life! Thank you for sharing this story Doug.

Glynn said...

I love kid pictures - and these are great. I suspect they were taken by a proud grandparent?

cindyhan111 said...

this was nice... little cuties!!!

S. Etole said...

Good-byes are important ... we never know if there will be another. {Yes, we are neighbors, but I am much farther North}

L.L. Barkat said...

I tend to live like a child in certain ways... spilling food on my shirt, speaking out of turn. :) Well, I'd like to live the innocence too, if I could, and the passion, and the priorities, as you say.

Came over through Glynn's, btw.

Anne Lang Bundy said...

I suspect more than one person has shaken their head at the thought we have five children. But whatever they cost in time or anything else, they more than make up for it with nothing more than themselves.