Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout May I have dedicated to guest writers. Today’s author, Larry Hehn, is a husband and father who is trying to live out his faith in a genuine way. He fully admits that he doesn’t always get it right, but he also sees that it’s about finding God in the everyday moments. He shares today how his kids have encouraged him to view the daily with new eyes.
Kids See the Darndest Things
Remember the late 1990’s TV show called Kids Say the Darndest Things? hosted by Bill Cosby, it was based on a popular Art Linkletter TV feature from decades before.
The premise of the show?
Ask a 2-10 year old child some questions, and you just might be amazed – and amused – at what they have to say.
Whether you remember the show or not, you owe it to yourself to watch this video featuring Bill Cosby, Art Linkletter, and some of the Kids Say the Darndest Things kids.
Yes, it’s true that kids say the darndest things. But it’s not just what they say.
Have you ever noticed that kids often SEE the darndest things too?
Just like Josh and Melissa, my wife and I have been blessed with a daughter and three sons. Stephanie is our oldest. She had me baffled for weeks when she was a toddler. We would be driving along with Steph in her car seat, business as usual, when all of a sudden she would say, “Kitty! Meow!”
I’d look left, right, front and back to spot this kitty she just pointed out. No cats crossing the road. None on the sidewalk. None in any of the lots we were driving by.
For the life of me I could never find that blasted kitty!
Until one day I realized that she was pointing out the logo for Mac’s Milk, our local convenience store…
Good eyes, Steph!
Her brothers have a similar gift, and most likely your kids do too. Try this one for yourself:
Can you spot the McDonald’s in this picture?
I bet your kids can – and will!
Whether it’s a smiling cat, a favorite fast food franchise, a bird, an airplane, or a stray helium balloon – kids seem to see and point out a lot more things than I notice as an adult.
Take a good look at the world through the eyes of a child. At what point do we begin to lose our sense of awe and wonder at God’s creation? How long does it take before we walk right past the perfect speckled rock, a newly opened flower, or the ultimate splashing puddle without even noticing?
Is this part of what Jesus meant when he said, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”?
When he was a toddler, our oldest boy Matthew pointed out an airplane that was no more than a tiny speck on the horizon. I was amazed at how perceptive he was, and proudly said, “Good eyes, Matt!”
Wanting to return the compliment but not really knowing how, Matt thought for a moment and slowly replied, “Good…nose…Dad!”
Yep, kids do say the darndest things…
What are some of the darndest things your kids have seen and/or said?
Larry Hehn is a husband and father of four. His blog is called Christian in the Rough. Larry encourages others to find fun in the middle of dysfunction, action at the end of distraction, and grace at the end of disgrace.