Children are the most wonderful blessing anyone could receive. The scripture says in Psalms 127:3, Behold, children are a heritage and a gift from the Lord, The fruit of the womb a reward.
Parents adore their little ones while grandparents, aunts, and uncles dote over the little darlings. We love little ones. Tell the truth, haven’t you either Googled funny babies or laughed at someone’s post of something a little child said or did? They can make us laugh until we cry.
Lately, I have begun to notice the power that these small geniuses have. A baby or toddler can turn an otherwise mature individual into a crazy looking creature that possibly needs a cage.
I am guilty of it, you know? Walking along in the grocery store, and see some charming child sitting facing mom or dad, and I just can not help myself, I have to speak to them. Most of the time it is fine. Occasionally, the little one is frightened of a stranger, and sometimes the parent is leary. Either way, I smile and move away as quickly as possible. Yet, at those other times, when that little person engages me. For that few milliseconds, there is no one and nothing else in the entire world but me and this little angel. It is pure joy, watching a smile come across their face because of something you have said or done. Then the smile consumes the eyes and they twinkle with delight. And if you do it just right you will get a laugh or even a squeal of joy!
I was in a restaurant with my Dad and my Husband one night. (Yes, you read it right. No Kids!) Hubby and I were sitting next to each other on one side of the booth. While enjoying our entrees, a young couple came in with their own little blessing in Daddy’s arms. I noticed him right away with his cute little curls and big brown eyes. “Awe, look at the adorable little man,” I said to no one in particular. The other adults didn’t slow down eating and drinking.
Suddenly my precious husband, who believes in acting properly in public is leaning at a 45-degree angle out of the booth looking over at the little one in the high chair in the next booth. I giggled just a bit, “Whatcha doing, Dear?” He sat up quietly with a little smile on his face and said nothing. After a minute or two passed, then Husband went again leaning out of the booth making eyes at this precious kiddo.
I could not stand it. I can see that he is having fun making faces at that little cutie and I desired part of the action. I did not even realize what I was doing until I noticed that I was practically on top of my hubby who was leaning out of the booth. I am too short for this escapade to have even worked, but I gave it a try without a single thought. I can only imagine how crazy I must have looked leaning on him as he leaned on the air. Two more than grown adults looking like we had lost our minds.
Of course, when we arose to leave, we all took a few minutes to make faces and talk to the tot. It was like we could not even pass by without taking a few moments. His parents were gracious and put up with us. The small fry loved the attention and we all left contented.
I am unsure how many people have experienced this type of thing, but I just laughed it off. I suppose I could have been embarrassed, but I am too mature to get embarrassed over such trivial things. What someone else thinks of me was at one time was a burden on my heart, yet that is no longer a problem. As long as I am ok with me, and God is ok with me, then life is good. Sure I want others to like me and be my friend, but if God and I don’t like me then I am no good to anyone else.
If you are struggling today with self-confidence, self-worth, or are in the place of self-loathing, here is a number one place to start: your relationship between yourself and God. Talk to Him like you would your best friend. That is who He desires to be anyway. Once that is settled the rest can be done in baby steps.
I challenge you: Take a moment and smile at someone in your town today. It does not have to be a child, but it does need to be someone you do not know. Look them straight in the face and give them a big, beautiful smile. They might smile back, but then again they may wonder what you are up to.