A Little Child Shall Lead Them

peace_-_william_struttAlthough I hesitate to call myself a “Christian” in these days of political grandstanding, I do consider myself a person of faith.  Despite your own religious affiliation, you have probably heard the following Old Testament Bible verse:

The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. Isaiah 11:6

As is typical in religious rhetoric, theories abound as to the meaning of that verse, but nobody will ever know for sure.  But there is another verse in the New Testament Bible that is pretty clear to me:

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:3

That tells me that children “get life” and adults don’t.  Kids focus on what’s important: family, friendship, laughter, and the experiencing of JOY.  Adults tend to focus on responsibilities, appearances, losses, and the avoiding of PAIN.  You may argue that it’s easier being a child and it’s harder being an adult.  But that is not the case at all.

Kids have serious stuff on their minds too:

HERE’S HOW 8-YEAR-OLDS AROUND THE WORLD FEEL ABOUT THEIR LIVES

You have probably seen the following quote all over your social media accounts lately:

Let’s raise children who won’t have to recover from their childhoods.  Pam Leo

Yes, kids today have it rough.  Thankfully, they have good RESILIENCE capabilities.  I even heard a Social Worker once say that even abused kids are like rubber; they bend, but they don’t usually break.  Nonetheless, we should take better care of all children because they show us not only how to survive life, but how to do so while keeping our SOULS intact.

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