Friday, October 16, 2009
Are Kids Heaven Sent?
"I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring." ~Liz Armbruster
Children are amazing little lights. They are so pure and innocent and their sheer curiousity can stump a wise man. What is truly beautiful to learn, is their pureness of hearts and faith. They believe. They believe before they even know of anything else. This is how I wish that I could be and this is what I will use to remind myself daily to keep my faith strong.
So many people have given such great advice, but one that firmly holds true is the fact that they are little "sponges". They are constantly in a state of learning and observing. They are forming their behavoirs based on what they see all around them. We need to take this reponsibility as parents and paste it on our foreheads. It is so easy to react. With all the pressures and obstacles of daily life, it is so easy to forget that you have this little angel watching your every move, all your reactions and hearing all your words. It is such a big responsibility and it is becoming more apparent to me every day. But what I need is the constant reminder of that. Do you think my husband will let me make signs for our foreheads with that on it? I need it in my face. I forget. I have a lot of years of bad habits to break!
But remembering this is becoming easier for me because I have truly realized that God gave me the most awesome gift. He gave me a little angel to care for. One that bonds my husband and I together like I never imagined. One that He entrusted to us to guide, protect, love and cherish. I now know what His unconditional love is all about. It is free flowing from me and I apply it to everyone, now that I know what it really is. I thank Him every day for giving us our little angel and for opening up my eyes, heart and spirit to the love and lessons that parenting is teaching me.
Max is totally unencumbered by life. He is completely open to love and trusting in his loved ones. That is a big lesson in itself. One of the sweetest examples of this happened on our way home yesterday. I was telling Max all about holidays and I was sharing the story of Christmas. As I was telling him about Santa Claus and presents I said to him: "But the most important thing about Christmas is that it is Jesus' birthday. It's the day he came to this earth to teach us how to be loving, compassionate servants to all." And just as I finished that sentence, I looked in the rear view mirror and he said: "Amen". That moment was priceless. It's like he knew exactly what I was talking about. I got a little tear and said "Amen is right".
This is how I know he was sent direct express to me from God. He is not the only one learning lessons in life, he is also a teacher. This little boy's light is definately shining and he is helping me keeping mine out and not under those damn bushels!