Young At Heart
We had a rather interesting conversation about youth and being young in #ec1dot04, but one of the points that stood out to me the most is the innocence that youth holds. My daughter is 5 and the way she looks at the world sometimes amazes me. She doesn't prejudge people (something that we talked about in #ec1dot02) but rather sees the best in everyone and everything. The world is full of opportunity and hope to her. Almost like wearing rose-colored glasses.
As we grow up, we're exposed to people and situations that turn our rose-colored glasses to a dim grey. Some might even go so far as to say the glasses are removed completely and now we're seeing the world for "how it really is". This, in my opinion, is one reason why there is such a disconnect between generations.
Now, I must admit, I am guilty of telling my daughter or someone younger than me that they're "too young to understand" something. While part of that statement may very well be true, I think that we often brush aside the opinion or observations of the young as irrelevant rather than seeking to see things from their perspective. Yes, she may not be seeing "clearly" through her rose-colored glasses, but the same may be true of my grey ones.
I think Jesus knew the importance of the fresh and innocent outlook on life that children bring. That's why he chose a teenager to be one of his disciples. That's why he didn't turn away the children from wanting to spend time with him. While we cannot control time from ticking away aging our bodies, we can control the aging of our hearts.
I think having child-like faith, or being "young at heart" as Frank would put it, is important. What do you think?
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