Thursday, August 21, 2008

jesus calls them the greatest.

kids are so much fun to have. i've had the privilege of having kubie over our house this summer. it has been crazy fun having both christian & kubie together for a loooong period of time. sometimes it can be tiring, especially if they fight over the smallest stuff, but most of the time they bring so much joy.
to others having a lot of kids around is not a source of enjoyment but of discomfort. the noise, the whining, the loud laughter, the 24/7 suite-life-of-hannah-so-raven reruns will be enough to drive one mad. but to those who are gifted to have a mothering heart...well, i know it sounds crazy, but it can be very therapeutic. just ask most mothers out there and they'll tell you its true. a house that has been filled with laughter & noises for so many years that suddenly stays quiet for a long period of time will make a mother deaf and be filled with a strange longing to hear some type of noise.

kids teach us to dream big, play often, believe the best, be silly & have fun. they teach us to take the time to smile, smell flowers, look at the clouds, see the small details in life that are often over-looked like a funny looking spider crawling up the wall. kids teach us faith, forgiveness, hope, joy & love in such a pure way. They teach us how to live - fully & freely. no wonder Jesus called them the greatest!

how many of us adults have been scarred & hardened by life that we forget to live like this? i pray that i would always enjoy each season of my life with child like awe & child like faith. i hope to never lose the "child" in me. the older i get, the more i want for God to restore the innocence and purity of my heart, mind & soul that i may always have a child-like attitude & child-like faith.

and i thank my son & my sister & the other kids that surround me, for always reminding me that there's more to life than paying bills & worrying about tomorrow. they've taught me that life is supposed to be enjoyed and celebrated every moment, every day.

thanks kids! you guys are the best examples ever!

Matthew 18:1-5 - The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" 2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. (NIV)

their version of the "step-brothers" movie poster