I have spent much of my life working with children and those who teach and care for them.
I have noticed attributes children have quite naturally that we sometimes end up missing in our adult lives.
One is a sense of worth.
In Isaiah we read, “I will make a man more precious than fine gold” (13:12). Children feel golden! Every baby born thinks he or she is the center of the universe. Not a baby in this world waits to cry until he finds out if the cool babies are crying. No baby ever checks another baby’s diapers to see if he is wearing the right brand name. Babies come into the world with full buckets.
Children know they are important. My wife Debi worked part time as a nurse in the same-day surgery unit at a local hospital. One day when she was outside eating lunch on a bench, a little boy rode up on his bike and said, “Hi! Do you remember me?”
My wife looked at the boy but had no recollection of meeting him. He saw her hesitation and asked with disappointment, “You don’t remember me?”
Debi finally said, “I’m sorry. Where would I know you from?”
The child pointed to the hospital and announced, “I was born here!”
That little kid thought he was so important that every nurse in the hospital was going to remember the day he was born! Isn’t it time we all felt that way again?