This is another message I heard that really stirred my heart. So often I stand on the playground monitoring, but I loved this analogy of what I need to learn while I am out there. Let me share my notes. Anytime I think about learning from kids, my mind always goes to Honduras, hence my picture....
1. Never let anyone steal your joy.
"The joy of the lord is my strength"
Sometimes you have to fight for your joy. Don't let anyone rob you of your joy. You have to let the joy of the Lord be your strength. Do you always see the silver lining? Do you see the God element? Do you see the "chocolate"? Watch your life when you praise God when you want to and when you don't want to. Fight for your joy.
2. Keep it real
You have to be yourself. Look at a kid when they get to dress themselves. They do what they think is right, who cares what others think. Stop comparing your life. We are all fearfully, wonderfully made in His image. We get so caught up in others life, we forget what God has in store for us. Wherever you look that is where you go. If you are trying to live others plan, who is living yours? The commercial below is a great example of letting other people make your choices.
2 Corinthians 10:12
3. Some things take time
So often we ask for answers, but do not see them straight away and we get upset. Think about what you have to teach children, tenacity and perseverance. Think God still needs to teach us? What is it in your life you need to pick it up again? What have you just got tired of talking to God about?
4. Don't stop searching
Think about playing hide and seek with your parents. How good did they really hide, they wanted to be found. God is the same way, he wants to be found. Matthew 5:6 what is it that you hungry for? Have you reached the point where you know if God wasn't on your side you wouldn't survive?
5. Parents are enough
Think about a kid getting hurt, who do they run to first? Their mom or dad! Kids believe if they are in the arms of their parents everything will be ok. Who is it or what is it that you runs towards for comfort? Do you run away from your problems, bottom of a bottle, or the arms of God our heavenly parent. Romans 8:15-17. Do you honestly believe God is enough? What if everyone in the world honestly believed God was all we needed to fulfill all our needs? Can you imagine how joyful we would be?
What would life look like if we took lessons from the playground?