Monday, March 2, 2009

Kids are fun

I am a long time fan and collector of children's books. I had several classics before we had kids and obviously have quite a collection now that I have an excuse to buy them. I find that reading kids books and watching kids movies is one of my favorite things about having kids. I may be a sap but each time Marlin tells Dori that he has to tell Nemo how old see turtles are, I cry. I get chocked up each time Jr. Asparagus sings about how much God loves him on both his good and bad days. However, since we don't spend too much time in front of the TV around here (at least I try) my favorite thing to do is read books. I have read to the girls since they were infants and they love to read. I definitely know I have done something right when Lydia asks each day when she will learn to read and when Emma wakes up and the first thing she asks for is a book. Both the girls read books alone, together, with us, in the car, with anyone who has an open lap and, well you get the idea. Often the girls fall asleep with books and Emma doesn't have a lovey but always wants a book in her crib.

I am always amazed at how much God speaks to me through children's books. Maybe that is because that is the level I think on but I like to think it is because He always intended for life to be simple. Notice I did not say easy but simple. I think so often we are the ones who complicate and make life difficult. My favorite kids books range from Diary of Worm to Giraffes Can't Dance, classics such as Frog and Toad collections to Harry the Dirty Dog. Dr. Suess books stand at the top of the pile. Seeing how today is his birthday I thought I would reflect on his writing.

Lydia's recent obsession has been with Horton Hears a Who. She watched the movie when she spent the night at her grandparents and has talked about it ever since. The message of the book is simple. "A person's a person no matter how small." How true that is. I can think of many spiritual applications to that statement.

Galatians 6:2-3 - Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Romans 2:11 - For God does not show favoritism.

Matthew 7: 1-2 - Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

I know that if I just applied that truth, a person's a person, I would have to think and act differently than I sometimes do. God's grace and love don't care about status, position, title or age. He created us to know Him and does not care what is going on around us but what is going on in us. I think that is God wrote that sentence it might read more like, "A person is loved no matter how far." He traveled the distance from heaven to earth to be in a relationship with us.

Since I spend so much time reading kids books I am always looking for life principles that fall in line with living life the way God intended it to be lived. I could go on and on about all the lessons I have learned through my kids books but I don't really have the time right now so I will leave you with this, next time you pick up a kids book allow your heart to hear what God might be trying to say to you.

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