King James Version
3 And said,
Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted,
and become as little children,
ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Sure you want a child to design?
Or to create art?
Then, you must let him.
To fall off your chair.
Or to be wowed.
To appreciate what you never thought of.
Or what you'd never even think of doing.
Such as drawing on your newly-painted walls.
Or leave a trail of stuff all over the place.
Expect lots of unfinished "projects".
Expect unusual combinations.
Expect a desire for privacy.
What is she drawing?
She won't show you.
Till she's ready.
Expect a giggle.
Lots of mirth.
And then she presents it.
She drew a dragon.
In a purple skirt.
Or depicting that crazy hairdo of yours.
Well, can't blame her.
That's how she sees you.
The thing about children -- which JESUS loved -- is this:
They're so first base.
They're so original.
They're so creative.
They're so imaginative.
And yes, their ideas are wild.
To the mercifully untrained, and unadulterated mind, a tree can be orange, and an orange -- the fruit -- can be green.
A dress can be a blouse.
A pair of pants must be a pair of shorts.
Different color socks are more exciting.
And please, don't put hats on them.
That'll be thrown away, or stomped on.
First chance they get.
I'm perpetually stumped at adults who are gender-crazy.
They put headbands and clips on their baby girls.
Just making sure they won't be mistaken for boys.
Child can't wait to take off.
How can you cramp and clamp that brain?
You must leave the child's brain alone.
It's a work in progress.
Let the scalp breathe.
Let the brain blossom.
What identity crisis?
You're the one with the identity crisis.
All babies are basically born bald.
Please don't pull the few dainty hair, putting clips and bands and ribbons.
And you wonder where these went after a while.
In a panic, you check if your child swallowed it.
No wonder parents are so stressed.
They project themselves too much on kids.
They want their kids to be geniuses.
I heard it's genetic?
Are we geniuses?
Did GOD make a mistake creating us?
Surely, we each have our own genius?
Leave the kid be.
Let the SPIRIT of GOD in that child be.
Let GOD and the child play.
And be amazed at what they can do.
You've seen how GOD creates.
Everything is for His pleasure, and purpose.
Well, the little ones pretty much think along the same line.
That's why JESUS loves having them around.
King James Version
13 Then were there brought unto him little children,
that he should put his hands on them, and pray:
and the disciples rebuked them.
14 But Jesus said,
Suffer little children,
and forbid them not,
to come unto me:
for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
15 And he laid his hands on them,
and departed thence.
Now, I spotted some kitchen cabinets a friend had.
He's waiting for his handyman to finish the job.
GOD and I thought up an idea.
Someone please tie my hands.
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Bottom image by Joseph.