Through the Eyes of a Child

My oldest daughter is excited for snow. She has been anticipating it for weeks.

I, on the other hand, dread snow. I could do without winter. It brings too much stress for me because I hate driving in it. What if there’s an emergency and we need to get somewhere? What if we run out of something and can’t get to the store?

These are my thoughts, but my daughter’s thoughts about snow are the opposite. She can’t wait to build snow forts and snowmen and have hot chocolate with marshmallows.

When you put it that way, snow sounds like a lot of fun. It sounds magical, and it is when you adjust your perspective.

The same is true about life. When we focus on all the stress and unknowns of each situation, they can feel completely overwhelming and debilitating. We find ourselves dreading the next season of life because we feel unprepared for it.

I do this too often, so I know my perspective and attitude needs an adjustment. I need to see life the way a child does. Instead of looking at everything that could go wrong, why don’t I look at the magic of it all? Wouldn’t that be so much more enjoyable for me and everyone else around me?

God has everything under control, so I will rest in that peace.

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

This winter, I’m going to try to enjoy the snow a little more. I’m going to soak up the memories I get to create with my beautiful girls, and I’m going to thank God for the beauty he displays.

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