Exciting Like A Child
Jesus is right when he said that unless we
become like small children we cannot enter
into the kingdom of heaven. Only a childlike
attitude can lead us through life without
suffering sweeping setbacks.
The father disciplined his three year old
daughter for wasting a roll of gold covering-paper
to wrap a present. Money was tight and every
cent was precious. Undeterred, next day the
child brought the gift to the father, "This
is for you, daddy", she said bashfully.
The father was embarrassed at his earlier
reaction but again his anger flared up when
he opened the box and found it empty! "When
you give someone a present, there should
be something inside! Never give an empty
box as a present…"
The little girl could not figure out why
dad was reacting this way. "Daddy, the
box is NOT empty! I blew so many kisses into
it. All for you, just for you!" The
father was mortified. He put his arms around
his daughter and gave her a big hug.
"I kept this gold box with me always.
Many times, I would open the box and let
an imaginary kiss take wings and caress my
face." When it comes to expressions
of love, children can be inventive.
How is it that as we become older, we lose
the knack of showing our love to others?
How many wives crave for some expressions
of love from their husband and never get
it? How many husbands alienate themselves
into so many stupidities because the wife
is always busying herself doing things and
never has a nice word for him?
When an ice cream sundae did cost much less,
a boy entered a coffee chop and sat at a
table. The waitress put the standard glass
of cold water in front of him and asked what
he desired. The boy quietly looked at her
and asked how much would an ice cream sundae
cost. "Two dollars", replied abruptly
the waitress. The little boy pulled all the
coins he had in his pocket and started counting
the money he had.
"How much is a dish of plain ice cream?"
he again inquired. The waitress was getting
impatient. "One dollar fifty cents"
she answered irritably. The little boy again
counted his coins. "I shall have the
plain ice cream," he said softly.
The waitress brought the ice cream and walked
away. The boy finished, paid the cashier
and went out. When the waitress came back,
she swallowed hard at what she saw. There,
placed neatly besides the empty dish, there
were two quarters - her tip!
The boy sacrificed his sundae for a plain
ice cream, because he realized that gratitude
is important in life. Where did we lose this
kind of sensitivity? Many a life is managed
by indifference and coldness. When did you
last thank your parents or your children
or your Bishop or your pastor or the shop
We can learn so much from children. Little
Jamie had been trying to get a part in a
school play for a long time. His mother kept
telling him not to set his heart on it because
she was afraid that he will not be chosen.
When the parts were given out, little Jamie
came out rushing after school, his eyes shining
with pride and excitement. "Guess what,
mom!" he shouted with obvious glee…
"I have been chosen to clap and cheer!"
A couple of months ago, I received a letter
from a mother in which spoke to me about
her children. "Naomi entered a poster
contest entitled "What I want to be
when I grow up" at her school. She split
hers in half: drawing a line in the middle
and writing a large OR in between - then
on one side she painted a mom with babies
and on the other side she drew a nun."
"Mary Jo never wants to end her prayers
- I never thought that our arguments with
the children would be not that they do not
want to say their prayers but that they do
not want to finish them!!" Someone once
said, 'Children have never been very good
at listening to adults but they have never
failed to imitate them.'
Sarah was born with a muscle missing in her
foot and so she had to wear a brace all the
time. One day she came home and announced
solemnly that she had competed in the sports
activities at school and had won two of the
races! The parents could hardly believe it!
Then Sarah added, "I had an advantage."
The parents thought that she was given a
head start, a physical advantage because
of her handicap. But reading their thoughts,
she immediately added, "Daddy, I did
NOT get a head start… My advantage was that
I had to try harder!" Good judgment!
Humor… A little girl had just finished her
first week of school. "I'm wasting my
time," she said to her mother. "I
can't read, I can't write - and they won't
let me talk!"
Tagore was right. Every child comes with
the message that God is not yet discouraged
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