I recently got some wisdom from kids, ages 6 and 8. We were in Children’s Church and talked about being filled with the Holy Spirit, God’s love for us and their love of balloons. After we finished our little lesson, I mentioned for some reason that I was 26. They were SHOCKED! They thought that was weird.
And then, the questions came rapid fire:
Are you married? –No.
Is that why you don’t have kids? –Yes.
Do you have a boyfriend? –No.
Why not? –I just haven’t met anyone yet.
Is it because they haven’t asked you out yet? –I guess so.
And then the advice came…
Why don’t you just ask someone out? You could have a boyfriend if maybe you asked them.
I laughed. I laughed hard. To these 2 boys, the solution to my being single was simple. Just ask someone out and then you can have a boyfriend. Man, if life was as simple as these boys boil it down to, I guess I would have a boyfriend.
It’s so refreshing to get insight from children. They don’t look at the world like we do. They see so much potential and wonder. These boys gave me some dating advice, but opened my eyes more than anything. Sometimes, rather than seeing the problem, we need to see the solution. Not in dating, but in life. So often, we get wrapped up in all the things that are wrong or lacking. It’s so easy to get downtrodden by the responsibilities and complications that life throws our way. The boys just saw the solution. Life was simple to solve, just take action. I don’t know if I will take these boys up in their dating advice, but I will say, it was good life advice.
2 Peter 1:5-9 in The Message tells us, “So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.”
So many times we get down, but God made it pretty simple. Don’t waste time, take action! God said to build yourself up rather than standing stagnant in basic faith. The scripture gives us a list of things that will begin to strengthen in our Christian walk. These attributes can’t be strengthened if we can’t take our eyes from the obstacles. I loved the way The Message worded these verses, stating that grass will not grow under our feet and that we will be rewarded daily, because of our action. Peter was giving us the message to stop standing there. Don’t rest in your decision to follow Christ, actually follow Him!
Peter was telling us to follow these boys advice, and take action. Jesus can do more things with your life if you can see Him rather than the stumbling blocks the world has set up to trap you. God has big plans for you; all you have to do is lean on His truth rather than your understanding.