See

Eye

Original photo: D. Sharon Pruitt (CC BY 2.0) via Wikimedia Commons.

To see the world through a child’s eyes again.

Everything bigger, more mysterious, and a little bit scary but wonderful all at the same time.

So many possibilities. So much to learn.

No bad decisions to regret. No roads not taken. No second guessing.

Nothing but possibilities and potential.

That’s what the world looks like through a child’s eyes. Big, bright, and beautiful. Everything that will happen is yet to happen.

It’s hard for adults to see the world that way. We have pasts. Regrets. Roads untraveled. We look back at everything we’ve done and at every choice we’ve made and wonder “what if?”

And it’s not the “what if?” that’s the problem, it’s the direction we’re looking.

When children wonder “what if?” they’re looking forward, not back.

That’s the difference. It’s what would change if we looked though a child’s eyes again. And it’s why Jesus said that “unless you . . . become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

It’s a different way of looking at the world, and a necessary one. For “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5) We are created for joy.

And it’s only when we see like children again that we understand.

Five Minute Friday

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3 thoughts on “See

  1. I loved the statement you said “And it’s not the “what if?” that’s the problem, it’s the direction we’re looking. When children wonder “what if?” they’re looking forward, not back.” So true and I admit I have so many times turned back with the regret. Thank you for this.

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