– “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly” –
Have you ever by any chance seen the animated movie, “The Little Prince”? It is made after a famous french book. I think you would like it.
There is a thread, a theme that touches every one of us deep in our soul. No matter how old we are, or how “important” we are in the world, there is a part of each of us that just wants to be a child. The world wants to make us forget, to just “grow up already”. From childhood we are thrown into the system and faced with the question, “what will you be when you grow up?” Everything around us says, “forget childhood, just start to prepare for adulthood”. The world shouts at us that we have to “be something”, we have to be essential. But what truly are those things that are essential?
Don’t you ever miss that thing called, “playing”? The simple bliss of childhood, running for fun, not for exercise. Playing a silly game with no rules that you just made up. Building a fort. Having more fun with the big cardboard box then with the thing that came in the box. Laying on your back and seeing faces in the clouds. Making up clubs even though your siblings are the only members in it. Gazing with wonder into the starry skies. Having no worries, responsibilities or the pressure and schedule of a job. Well you know what is so awesome? Jesus Himself said, “Unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt.18:3). Is that cool or what? He did not say that to be a child was an option, but the only thing that is “essential”. He wants the pure, innocent heart that just obeys him as a child does his father. So don’t look for your identity in a world that has no place for children. Rather find your place in a world that calls you to identify as a child. It is the things that are invisible that are essential, love, laughter, faith in an unseen God. And these are the things you can only see with your heart.
(Ps. I highly recommend you get some of those glow in the dark stars and put them above your bed;))