"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. - Jesus
As many of you know, I’ve been working on a kids album for the last 7 months. In order to create music that connects with kids I’ve had to reconnect with the kid inside of me. As I thought about what kind of songs kids would enjoy singing it brought a new creativity, freedom and enjoyment to my songwriting.
Usually being “childish” is a negative term, and surely if we don’t grow and develop in certain ways out of childish ways it is unhealthy. But there are so many gifts that children bring to us in the way they live that we can learn from and in that sense become more "childish".
Here are a few to consider:
Children smile and laugh a lot – Children laugh on average 300-400 times a day, but adults laugh on average around 20 times a day. Laughter not only feels good, it bonds people together, relaxes the body, boosts the immune system and prevents heart disease. When was the last time you had a really good laugh? Who or what has God brought into your life to give you joy and fun?
Children are creative and innovative – It is childish to dream up imaginative stories, unique solutions, crazy ideas of things to do. Sometimes we need to become more like little kids and tap into our creative imagination in order to come up with creative solutions to problems, to create something new and to live at our fullest.
Children keep moving – With all the modern technology of today, we can spend a lot of our time in front of screens, sitting, and sedentary. We can be more childish by being active, playing outside, and moving around. Movement increases energy and has numerous positive effects on our physical and mental health.
Children are willing to take risks –Kids usually aren’t afraid to fall or fail. Sometimes the risk might end with with a little pain and tears, but it’s only a matter of time before they’re over it and back at exploring and trying new things. If you’ve tried something before and failed, it might have hurt, but you can choose to become a bit more childish and forget about it, move on and try something new again.
Children seldom worry – Children have fears like most of us, but they seldom worry as much as adults. Their minds just don’t seem to go there. In the end they know they have parents who will provide for them and that gives them the freedom to go on enjoying life. In the same way we have a loving Father who promises to provide for his children. Knowing that allows us to go on living and loving life, knowing our Heavenly Good Father will take care of us.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? - Jesus
So reconnect with the inner child in you today. Have a little fun, be a little silly, dream a little more. Being a little more childish now and again could lead to a whole new you!