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What have children taught you?   

By: Haley Wilson

Children are constant reminders of how we should be caring and loving to everyone. Small children do not judge each other on physical features or where they are from. They are friends to everyone. Children truly exemplify “for whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them.”

Children have also taught me to put my trust in God no matter what I may face in life. They have faith. They do not worry about every little trifling event in life or things that have not occurred. They are flexible. They exemplify Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God.”

My students have also taught me not to be afraid to try. When an adult says they “can’t” do something, sometimes they are saying they are too afraid to try because they do not want to look foolish. When a child does not succeed the first time, they keep trying until they are successful.

Children teach me about prayer because their prayers are heartfelt and very specific. Their prayers remind me that it is OK to talk to God about anything.
Children teach me about evangelism. They have faith easily. Once a child learns about God and salvation, they immediately want to tell everyone they know.

It is humbling to see the trust children put in others and God. Once, when my little nephew was praying, he began his pray by saying Dear Dad. When he finished, I asked him why he said dad. He responded, “A lot of people say father, but dad is the same thing.” After thinking about this a little more, it sparked some ideas. Do we trust in God enough to talk to him like we do our own dad? I tell my dad EVERYTHING! WE should have a close relationship to God. He is our Heavenly Father. He is our “dad.” He takes care of us. Have the view of little children. Jesus even instructed to be like little children. Humble yourself and learn from kids. You will be amazed at what all you learn.

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