Adults can be such a drag.
Worrying about this and that. Pre-judging situations and other people.
There is a reason Scripture says, “a child shall lead them.”
Children have no filter. They do not pre-judge. They do not see color, station, or religion. If you will smile and look them in the eye, respect them, and play with them – YOU’RE IN.
End of story.
This indicates that we learn our prejudices. Whatever “group” we are in dictates to us how we should feel about this or that.
Have you ever watched a child see someone who looks different for the first time? They study them with wide eyes. They are amused. Captured. They take it all in and then judge only based on the interaction that ensues.
And so should we be as adults. But, generally, we are not. We have learned to judge. We have learned to weigh all the stats to decide whether or not we should give each person the “time of day.”
This is not correct.
I was hanging out with my 4-year-old friend Walker, and he stopped our pool play to say he needed to thank God for some things.
Okay, I said. Go for it.
He said, “THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERYTHING (waving his hands in the air)!
Thank you for letting us wake up today!
Thank you for my Mommy, My Daddy, my Sissy, My Mimi, My PawPaw, the water, the trees, our car, the animals, our water guns.
Thank you God for EVERY PERSON in the world!”
The point is – the little ones are all out. They just say what they think. We are born to appreciate life and love. We learn to hate. We may be born into sin, but the hate part comes from observation.
Let us be aware of this. Let us realize that the little ones are watching. Let us treat all others with dignity and respect, regardless of how “different” they may appear. Let us speak kindly. Both to others, and about them.
As the old saying goes, “if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all.”
A child shall lead them. Christ Himself said we must be “reborn” to be saved. I think this partly means we have to erase all mis- and pre-conceptions. Start over. Be new. Give everyone the same chance. How hard this is when it seems we spend all our lives being taught that somehow we are better than everyone else.
Isaiah 11:6 “In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together; the leopard will lie down with the baby goat. The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion, and a little child will lead them all.” (NLT)
There will one day be true peace on earth. Born enemies will live together in harmony.
We can choose to live this way now, even though most of the world does not. If we are truly changed by the love of God, we will truly love others. This is our charge in this life – to love others – without exception.
Romans 13:8 “Owe nothing to anyone–except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.”
As Walker said – THANK YOU GOD FOR EVERY PERSON IN THE WORLD! And may we properly treat all we meet!