As 2012 ends and the anticipation of a new year (along with the prospect for new beginnings) arrives, I can’t help but think about life through the eyes of a little child. Children have the right idea—and we can take away valuable lessons for living by looking at life through their eyes.
I sensed life through a new lens this Christmas. As adults, I think we often tend to become jaded over the years—a bit cynical; less than enthusiastic about things that excited us before; and sometimes we end up just going through the motions of holidays, celebrations, and even our everyday lives.
This Christmas, I peeked at life through the eyes of a six-month-old baby grandson! I re-experienced the pure joy that flashed into his eyes when I did something silly to make him laugh. I saw his wonder at ordinary things like strolling through a store and seeing new sights. I felt his unquestioning trust.
Just watch little kids. They have the right idea! They can have just as much fun with an empty box or a wooden spoon and pan as a new expensive toy. Their eyes light up when they recognize someone. They laugh at the tiniest urging. New, interesting sights, objects, and activities captivate them. Our little grandson recently discovered his hands—and we caught him gazing at them as though they were the most interesting wonders in the world. He was mesmerized as he watched his fingers move and turned his hands in all directions!
Children live in a world of trust, joy and wonder. They don’t hold grudges or make judgments. If they get upset about something, in the twinkle of an eye they’ve already forgotten what upset them and moved on. They clean their slates continuously and automatically. They don’t dwell on the negative. They constantly look ahead to whatever is next.
God says that to find him, we must become like little children. Trusting, sincere, receptive. There must be something very important in this message about ‘becoming like little children.’ I think we can learn much about living and living well from these babes.
One of my goals for 2013 is to try more and more to see things through the eyes of a child. How about you?
© 2013 Judy Brizendine
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