Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thankful to Be Sculpted by A Child~

Sometimes, if you are extremely lucky, your own heart is sculpted by the heart of a child.

Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a preschool program. Every one was dressed in their finest attire and spirits were high. Each class had a special part in the program, from the very young two year olds to the growing-up-too-quick five year olds. As I watched from my seat, parents watched through their camcorders, trying to capture this never-to come-again moment in time.

The program was entitled, "Our God is SO Big!" What a delight to celebrate this truth with ones who were still so little. The children sang and danced. When they finished, there was no denying we serve a HUGE God. There was also undeniable evidence that we can learn some valuable, life changing lessons from children.

Lesson # 1:
Bring Special Attention to the Important People in Your Life by Sharing the Spotlight

Inevitably, once a child arrived up on the big stage, he or she would begin searching the sea of faces in the audience. When at last the prized person was spotted, be it their Mom, Dad, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, aunt, uncle,a friend next door, or even the mailman, the proud child would wave exuberantly and in a voice loud enough for even the people on the back row to hear, say "HI!" Sometimes, the proud performer would even call out the person's name or declare with uninhibited enthusiasm, "LOOK! That's my Mommy! That's my Daddy! That's my Nana! That's my Papa!" As the audience turned their heads in the direction of the child's gaze, these two people, for one brief moment, shared the spotlight together. A room apart, but heart to heart.

Sun, Son and dad...
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Oh to be so in love and so proud of the people in my life that, when the spotlight is on me, I direct the attention of others to them instead. Lord, help me to be ever mindful of the people you have placed in my life. Let me never forget that they are a huge reason behind why I am where I am today. Let me always give credit where credit is due and may I never be too proud, too embarrassed or too self-absorbed to share the moments of my life with the people I love.  Oh to be so in love and so proud of you, Lord, that in humility and with uninhibited enthusiasm, my life always exclaims "LOOK! That's my God!"

I shout my praise to you.
I tell about all the wonderful things you have done. ~ Psalm 26:7


Lesson # 2:
Be Proud of Who God Made You to Be!

As the three year olds took the stage, one girl in particular, took the cake! She had on a beautiful, pink, polka dot dress. As she was swinging to the beat of the song they were singing, she discovered a wonderful secret about her dress. If she swung to the left and then back again to the right with enough pizazz, the ends would flare out. It wasn't long before she had mastered this movement and went for the grand finale...a full circle! It was obvious she was thrilled with this new found skill and before long, she was spinning all across the stage. Bursting with pride and joy, she yelled out..."Look at me! Look at me! I'm boootiful!" And she was, but her dress had nothing to do with it. It was the freedom she felt, the freedom to be her and to enjoy being her, that was beautiful.

Twirling flower girls.
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Oh to be so in love with who you made me to be that I showcase the beauty of your workmanship with sheer delight and reckless abandon. Your word declares I am fearfully and wonderfully made. As I swing to the beat of my life, may I daily discover the beauty you have placed in me. May I always dance and revel in your creative touch, daily embracing the uniqueness of me. As I live my life with pizazz, boldly pronouncing, "I'm beautiful!", may the beauty others see, be the freedom and the beauty I have found in you.

So if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free.~ John 8:36

Yes,... sometimes,... if you are lucky, extremely lucky, your own heart is sculpted by the heart of a child.


9 comments:

  1. Hi Stacy - what a beautiful visual, the little girl bursting forth in the freedom of just being. Great post
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. hi neighbor...beautiful post...I love your prayers...
    Blessings as you live free...

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  3. smiles. this is lovely...and these are great teachings to remind us how special we are...live on free...

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  4. Hi Stacy - me again. Just a quick thank you for linking up with me. I want you to know your blog is very encouraging and uplifting to me.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. Thanks for the telling of memories long gone and then recaptured in the reading. Where is my childlike joy and wonder? I need more 3 yo in my life. :)

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  6. So beautiful, their twirling, their declaring, their living ... thank you for the truths shared here.

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  7. beautiful, stacy. thank you for reminding me of the treasure that is a child. love to you.

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  8. yes. my heart is sculpted every day by my children. . . sometimes painfully so. but all for His glory and beauty.
    great sharing, and as always, beautifully written.
    blessings!
    steph

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  9. beautiful. i often need reminding that i am fearfully and wonderfully made

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