Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Eyes of a Child

The other evening, we went to the fair at Pomona with our daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter.
I never did find that deep fried banana split that I blogged about earlier. But that is not the purpose of this post.

As I get older, I find it very comforting to try and see things through the eyes of my granddaughter. The excitement of looking at the baby animals and taking her into the petting zoo. The joy she finds in looking at all the lights and pointing out to me things that I would never have noticed.

It makes me a little sad when I realize that she will get older and start to see things as an adult.

This old world could be such a beautiful place if we would just look at it as a child sees it.

My granddaughter has shown me that it does not matter what color you are or where you worship.

The important thing is that we love each other. I remember my friend Jesus saying that too.

My granddaughter knows Him. I wish the world knew Him. What a beautiful place this could be if we started looking at it though the eyes of a child.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Citizenship Issue

The other day I was caught up in the issue of citizenship. It seems that everyone is concerned about the rights of undocumented workers,but no one is concerned about the rights of the American citizen.

As a Christian, I guess my views are a little different than the majority in the world today.

In the 22nd chapter of Matthew,the Pharisees are trying to trip Jesus up in His words. After asking for a coin He asked them whose picture was on it and they responded "Caesars". Jesus then responded,"therefore render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's;and unto God the things that are God's".

I believe that I have certain responsibilities as a citizen and certain responsibilities as a Christian. As a citizen, my responsibilities are to follow the laws of the country that I am a citizen of. I am also afforded certain rights associated with that citizenship.

The United States has in place programs that will allow anyone to get their citizenship and along with it all of the rights associated thereof.

I also believe that people need to realize that we all have the same mother and father. You see, after the flood, there was only Noah's family to repopulate the earth. Whether people want to accept it or not, we are all related and should start treating each other that way. This is my responsibility as a Christian.

It all boils down to this. It really doesn't matter if you are a citizen of this country or any other.The question is "Are you are a citizen in God's kingdom"?

For when your days here are done,that will be the only thing that really matters.

So I will continue the work God has called me to do. To get others their citizenship into the Kingdom of God.

I think mom and dad would be proud. I know God is.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Things Kids Teach Us

Not long ago I was in a Target store with my granddaughter where they have these nice new baskets which are all made of plastic.

She was walking alongside the basket, and when I stopped, she decided to crawl head first into the bottom of the cart. Laying prone in the very bottom looking at the floor. She then turned on her back and started looking at the ceiling. The next time I stopped, she got out, turned around and went head first into the bottom of the basket the other way.

It got me to thinking. Every place children go, they only get to see whatever is 2-3 feet off the floor. Whether it is Target or Disneyland. Not a very pleasant view when you think about it.

Maybe we can take a lesson from my granddaughter. When things are not looking very good from where we are at, maybe we should change our position. Try to look at things from a different view. It might make all the difference in the world.

Of course my daughter is a little upset because every time she goes to Target, my granddaughter wants to get in the bottom of the basket.

Oh well, it is a small price to pay to teach Gramps a lesson in life.