|My KIDS on Easter Sunday|
And it's true. Kids do have the power to keep us youthful. If we are willing to allow them to. Right now, I feel sort of old, but I have noticed many times lately how my view of life has changed drastically since beginning to have children, and has been influenced by how they see life. Children see life on a completely different level than adults do. They view things in simplistic ways, without all the grit and noise and of life clouding their imagination or their understanding. Children are humble, grace-filled and often awe-inspiring.
There are many people in the world who do not believe so. Kids are too much work, too much effort, too much energy. Some people decide to not have any at all. My sister told me that one time, while pregnant with her third baby, she and her husband along with their two other children were at a restaurant and some couple stared at them the whole time and then one said to the other, "glad we don't have any kids; go us!" loud enough for her to hear. It is this type of mindset that is what makes our society so completely negative and disrespectful of the value of life, especially of children. It's what makes a married couple use abortifacient contraceptive methods in order to prevent any or more children from gracing their marriage. It's what keeps extended families from making the effort to visit the children in their family. It's what makes a mama of four, five, six, children from being afraid to go out in public even when her kids are well-behaved.
But woe to you who refuse to have kids, or refuse to allow the kids in your life to change your heart, to be more open to spending time with them, or allowing God to bless you with more. For you are missing out on SO MUCH. Kids are a blessing! They are a gift! When you look into their eyes and see innocence and wisdom all at the same time, you know you are in the presence of something really special. In the Bible, God tells us that children are a gift from the Lord, a reward. The more you have, the more you are blessed! The more time you spend with them, the better a person you will be.
(And on that note, I have to go get my busy little 7 month old away from the computer plug. WHY do they like electrical things so.darn.much??)