Tuesday 21 August 2012

The Heart of a Child

We live in a society that tries to make children into adults way too fast.  I notice swear words seeping in to children's movies or in graphic novels or on the cover of magazines (albeit with asterisks).  I notice adult topics seeping into children's movies.  I hear about dances being held at our local community centre for children ages 8 to 14 where the kids "grind" to the music (as an adult, I wouldn't feel comfortable doing that in public let alone as a child).  Nothing is sacred anymore. 

I would like to turn the tables and make adults into children again.  It says in the Bible: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."  (Matthew 18:3)  Why do adults have to be concerned only with what is complicated or dark?  Why can't adults be entertained by what is simple or innocent? 

For instance, Rob and I know a Brantford couple who, even though they have no children, vacation at Disney World every year.  They own all of the original Walt Disney movies (Cinderella, Dumbo, etc.).  They wear Disney World t-shirts.  Their house is full of Disney memorabilia.  They love everything Disney.  Pursuing their common interest seems to be working for they have been married for 23 years.

We can take a page from the book of the "Disney couple".  Let's enjoy what is simple and clean and innocent.  Let's have the hearts of children.  And maybe our children will follow suit.

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