Monday, October 08, 2007

A Young Boy's Insights

"I told Jamie that it's kind of funny how everyone thinks the world is all around them. That's because everyone can only see things from their own eyes."

Dad and Mom's eyes popped on that comment. This boy not only moves constantly, but he is always thinking and questioning. A more inquisitive child I have not met.

We smiled in amazement and, as parents are wont to do, assured one another that he was quite precocious. And you must agree, that is pretty insightful.

Now the task at hand is to help him see as best as he can through others' eyes. That requires a different kind of sight, a certain type of vision. We know he cannot attain new eyes, but through education, experience, and the wisdom that comes from God, he can see what others see and experience.

To have empathy, to grow in compassion, to extend tenderheartedness as a result of feeling what others feel - this is a practice in which all Christians should participate. We must not continue to see only from our own limited vision. It is far too small, too narrow.

The world does not revolve around us. Experiences are seen differently through someone else's eyes. In time, if we allow Him, He shows us that is not about us.

Those fresh insights from young minds are good reminders.

3 Comments:

Anonymous LisaC. said...

Yes, that was a doozy.
I just posted about how we have similar thought-provoking and insightful comments happening around here, too! They are great reminders, you're exactly right!

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darlene, That was so well said by you and, I'm assuming, your youngest son? How intuitive he is and how encouraging you are with what you said about the compassion and empathy we are to have as Christians! How true! We DO need to see things through others eyes and realize that Christ has that same compassion towards us. May we be more like Him and have the compassion towards others that He has towards us! Thanks, always, for your inspiring messages!

7:53 AM  
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