From the Jack’s Winning Words blog comes this post –
“We speak of educating children. Do we know that our children also educate us?” (Lydia Sigourney) Jack went on to write – Yes, children can be teachers, too. Sometimes we seem to forget what it’s like to be a child…how to be carefree, and not to worry so much about tomorrow…how to forgive and not hold grudges…how to be creative.
I’ve written here before about the inner child that is still there within us and the value of looking within and find that child again.
As we grow up our inner child is more and more confined and pushed down in our minds by the rules that we are taught about how we are to act, if we want to be an adult; although I’m not sure why we ever thought that was such a great idea.
Slowly our carefree lifestyle is replaced by one of worries and responsibilities, many of them imagined or self-imposed. The companionship and camaraderie of play is replaced by the competition and stress of career advancement, making a living and getting ahead. Selfishness replaces sharing and anger and revenge displace forgiveness in our lives. Our imagination is replace by ambition and drive.
Yet, somewhere in the back of your mind, hiding perhaps in the little corners of your memory, that inner child still lurks, wishing that he/she could come out and play again.
Perhaps there is an apex in life where the drive to “act like an adult” peaks and we start back down the other side of the bell curve towards that innocence of childhood again. The revelation that we don’t have to “act your age” can come at any time in life. It occurs when we stop taking everything so seriously and “stop to smell the roses” – to just enjoy being alive.
Faith can play a big role in getting back to an innocent, inner-child state of mind, because faith allows you to off-load those adult concerns and pressures to God by saying “not my will, but thy will be done.” Once you have arrived at that point, the next step towards, “Let’s go play”, comes much easier, happiness comes much easier, contentment comes much easier. God would much rather see us having fun and playing than being worried and serious all of the time.
So, get right with God and give him your worries and concerns; then, go find that inner child that is still within you and play again. God will be smiling as He watches you play.