My Mama used to say, “Just listen to the children…out of the mouths of babes. I sure wish she could have known our two grandchildren, but she passed on 12 years before their births.
The Bible tells us repeatedly in His Word how all children are a gift from God. Every single life, every single child, is a reward and blessing. Whether they’re bringing parents pride and joy, or whether they are teaching us how to be more patient and forgiving, children are a gift from God! Psalm 127:3 reminds us that children are a heritage from the Lord.
Honestly, when we stop and think about it, kids are much wiser than we give them credit for. Though at 16 months, our grands, Tripp and Elizabeth are only saying a few identifiable words, I look forward to learning from them as time goes by.
With this New Year Upon us, I am wondering if you’ve thought about what is most important to you in your life journey.
You may have heard about a Pediatrician who specialized in End of Life Care? Dr. Alastair McAlpine, from Cape Town, South Africa recognized the deep sadness in his area of work and wanted to bring some light to others.
He began by asking his terminally ill patients ages 4- 9 what they had enjoyed in life and what gave it meaning…Not one child mentioned that he/she wished they had watched more TV.
Here are the top ten responses from these very courageous children:
1. Animals make human life better.
2. I Love My Parents and I hope they’ll be okay without me.
3. Ice Cream…Duh!!!
4. Reading makes a big difference.
5. Worrying is a waste of time.
6. Everyone Loves the Beach
7. Kindness Matters
8. Laughter is the Best Medicine
9. Kids Love Their Toys
10. Nobody wishes they had spent more time on their cell phone.
Perhaps there is something on this wise list that you and I would like to incorporate into our lives as we begin this new decade?
Let’s Start Today!