As We Were Meant To Live

I wrote something the other day, just some thoughts as I sat drinking a coffee. Thought I would share it here… be kind, I’m not a writer by nature…


There is something fascinating about kids.

I was sitting in Beanscene on Cresswell Lane the other day. The place is a heaving mass of families, students and grannys. A father and daughter enter – she cannot be more than 3 years old, in her pretty pink overcoat, wolly hat and oversized sunglasses. She stands holding her juice as dad orders a coffee. Beside her are a group of 3 young women, one with a child of 2 or 3 years old.

The young girls are captivated by each other. There is something so beautiful about their childlike innocence. They stand eyeing each other up – taking in everything about the other – the sunglasses, the hat, the Winnie The Pooh tee, the crumbs around the mouth, the identical pigtails.

There is no shame in this, no fear.

I once heard it said that growing up is the ability to wear masks. We learn to hide our feelings and expressions. This is the joy of children: they have not yet learnt to do this. Their face says it all – the delight, the curiosity, the anticipation, the sadness.

They live as we were meant to live.


6 Responses to “As We Were Meant To Live”

  1. 1 jenni October 19, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    aye, children are amazing! the principa of ICC gave an inspiring talk yesterdat during worship about Jesus’ radical teaching about children and am more and more inspired!
    maybe you are a writer but you should learn how to spell it properly first :p

  2. 2 emmsy October 19, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    thats cool! I fixed the writer thing for ya… thats what I get for not reading back through something before I post it!

  3. 3 Holly October 20, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    i’m sad u fixed it… đŸ˜›

  4. 4 thejambi October 21, 2007 at 4:15 am

    I like the thought here.

    It makes me think of this: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

  5. 5 emmsy October 21, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Hey Zach, yea, it made me think of that too.

  6. 6 inkstreaks October 25, 2007 at 12:28 am

    kids do have a way of capturing your heart with their innocence and freshness. there are absolutely no pretensions and attempts to impress. they’re just being themselves. i guess that’s one of the reasons why Jesus told us to approach Him like a child. being real and without any thing to hide.

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