Remember when you were young and saw the world as your oyster and had no judgments of anyone or anything? That is how I want to be again. I want to be renewed and view everything with curiosity and acceptance.
I was cleaning out my bookcase in my room at home recently and found work I completed in kindergarten, first grade, and so on. My teachers would write notes on it like, “Meghan, you are such a pleasure to have in class. Keep up the good work!” I remember when I lived in Massachusetts in kindergarten, I would write my own short stories and bring them to my principal’s office because I went to such a small school. The next week she would return the booklet to me with a stamp of a red lips and encouraging words. She told me to chase my dreams and exclaimed that she could not wait to read the next story I came up with. She wrote on one of my sports stories, “I especially like your philosophy– Have fun and enjoy the game. It’s not whether you win or lose– it’s how you play the game and have fun.”
Kids were always encouraged to pursue their passions, follow their dreams, and have endless fun. But, when did the world become such a scary place that banished these ideals? Who began telling us to think logically instead of outside of the box? Why did we stop acting like kids?
If you have ever read any of William Blake’s poetry (I would not have if I had not been assigned to in college), like Songs of Innocence and Experience, you would know that he is against the corruption that comes with experience in the world. For Blake, wisdom retains the outlook of innocence. A childlike outlook on life can lead to more adventures, freedom, and carefree living. The childlike outlook does not let the broken world consume us nor does it allow conformity to occur.
Go back to kindergarten when you were playing on the playground with kids of all different sexes, races, and backgrounds. Everyone accepted everyone because they did not see distinct differences. Now, so much of what we see is based on what society has tricked us into seeing. We allow the corruption and differences dictate how we behave towards one another and how we see the world. We allow this brokenness to break us too.
This always leads me back to the verse in Samuel 16:7, “Do not look on his appearance, or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Be more like Jesus in this new year and welcome people with an open heart. While there is so much pain and strife, do not worry because the Lord has overcome the world (John 16:33)
So, here’s to 2018. Here’s to making the best of the worst situations, to giving God complete control, and to retaining a childlike outlook on life. Luke 17:33 says, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.” Surrender your life to Jesus this year if that is what you need to do. When you feel free and let go of control, everything else becomes so much easier. View people as God views people and forgive those who have persecuted you. The Redeemer will reestablish you and make your paths straight. Most importantly, have fun with life and indulge in the little things. Perform for an audience of One and disregard what others think of you. Allow yourself to return to your roots in kindergarten, where wisdom retains the outlook of innocence.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17