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Comments from Pastor, David Spaulding

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David Spaulding
Pastor David and Jeanne Spaulding

In the heat of summer with challenges to keep cool, stresses in our day-to-day lives, being focused on trying to be healthy, and etc.; Does your mind wander some times? Sometimes everything weighs really heavy on us. Do you ever think about being a child again? Here is a quote from someone who decided just that:

"I am hereby officially tendering my resignation as an adult. I have decided I would like to accept the responsibilities of a 5-year- old again.
• I want to go to McDonald's and think that it is a four-star restaurant.
• I want to sail sticks across a fresh mud puddle and make ripples in a pond with rocks.
• I want to think M&M's are better than money because you can eat them.
• I want to lie under a big oak tree and watch the ants march up its trunk.
• I want to run a lemonade stand with my friends on a hot summer's day.
• I want to go fishing and care more about catching the minnows along the shore than the big bass in the lake.
• I want to think the world is fair.
• I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all I knew about were colors, multiplication tables and nursery rhymes. When I didn't know what I know now. When all I knew was to be happy because I was blissfully unaware of all the things that should make me worried.
• I want to think that a quarter is worth more than a dollar bill because it is prettier and weighs more.
• I want to think that everyone is honest and good. I want to believe that anything is possible.
• I want to be oblivious to the complexities of life and be overly excited by the little things in life again.
• I want to believe in the power of smiles, hugs, a kind word, truth, dreams, the imagination, the tooth fairy, a kiss that makes a boo-boo go away, making angels in the snow, and that my dad and God are the strongest people in the world.

So, here are my checkbook and my car keys, my credit cards and the bills, my 401K statements, my stocks and bonds, my collections, my insurance premiums, my job, my house and the payments, my e-mail address, pager, cell phone, computer and watch. I am officially resigning from adulthood. And if you want to discuss this with me further, you'll have to catch me 'cause, tag! You're it! " (—Unknown. From Homileticsonline.com)

Gee, remember this passage from Matthew 19.14? "14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there."

Imagine and ponder, if you will what Jesus was talking about: The simplicity and innocence of a child, the fresh eyes to see magnificence in simple and natural things, the heart open to loving all, the lack of passing judgement because God created us all with value in God's image, and just having some fun.

I am going to think hard on this childlike image. I am going to pray for God to take any hardness of heart from me that may cause me not to love God completely and my neighbor. What would it mean to say "Tag, you're it!" and have it just be for fun, it's your turn, instead of pushing someone down or bashing someone or being mean to people?

This will take a bit of effort because I can't trash all my adult responsibilities and obligations. I will though, strive to live so Jesus will see me as one "to whom the Kingdom of God belongs." How about you? Let's work together to be all that our Lord really wants each of us and all of us together to be. Even if it means being a bit childlike!

Pastor Dave