What Kids Help Adults Remember

I’m not a parent, but I have mountains of friends who are. Some have been parents for only a few months while others have been parents for a few years. Either way, my Instagram and Facebook feeds are fully stocked with pictures of kids!

I’m not complaining.

Children are always a great reminder that I need to see the world differently.

By the time we turn eleven or twelve, the world bombards us with boundaries of what’s expected from us. We’re told what’s right, what’s wrong, how we should dress, how we should behave, how we should understand things, and what we’re to do in life.

We carry this box of lenses into adulthood and forget what it’s like to see the world as a child does.

Do you remember what that’s like — to see like a child? If you’re a parent, I’m sure you do.

Every day is an adventure. Each moment holds potential for a new discovery. The world around us is new and exciting and we see everything as if for the first time!

I don’t know about you, but I miss that.

Perhaps that’s my challenge to both you and I today: Let’s learn to see like children again. Let’s recover our lost sense of innocence, toss out the lenses that bind us, and enter into the day like it’s our first one living, like it’s our first one experiencing the world and each other.

Look at your life in awe today, and maybe — just maybe — you’ll remember what it’s like to see like a child.

MS

 

About Matthew Snyder

Matt is a thirty-something writer and young adult minister. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Merridith, and their dog, Finn.

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