People do not quit playing
because they grow old;
they grow old because
they quit playing.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Specially blended for youth….
I think we need to keep some of our child like behaviors as we grow older. Children love to play and never ever have a thought about feeling guilty because that is what they do.
Have you ever seen a toddler playing with blocks shaped like triangles, squares, or circles and corresponding holes for the blocks to pass through. It is a very simple idea, and yet until the child has practiced and developed coordination, it can be difficult for him to align the shapes correctly to fit through the holes.
Just like a child developing his skills, we find ourselves better able to fit the right block into the right hole and grow into who we are meant to be when we practice. If we don't get it right the first time, then try again.
Whether it's writer's block or a roadblock, there are many blocks in life. When a child falls and gets hurt and the tears come along with cries of fear and pain, a child will get into their parents comforting arms, and the tears usually disappear. Their injury might still painful, but the knowledge of being loved and held close makes the pain easier to tolerate.
I like to think that when I'm upset and hurting there will be some comforting arms to hold me. Our suffering is often much worse than just a scraped knee. Sometimes it brings us to our knees, breathless and begging for release. It’s in these times that we need to remember to yield, to lean back into our Heavenly Father’s arms and let him comfort us.
This isn’t always easy. For some reason, hardship tends to make us collapse in on ourselves rather than reach out for help. If we can keep our childlike faith and trust loving arms to care for us, we'll be able to be who we are meant to be… I want to play in the sunshine and laugh in the rain.
Remember that prayer is the ultimate source of our strength for without God, we can do nothing; but with God, all things are possible.
Sorting out the blocks of life can be good thing when we remember to keep those childlike qualities of faith and trust.