Owies Can Become Wowies - Thoughts from Chuck

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Owies CAN Become Wowies

Have you ever noticed how little children want to show you all of their "owies"? Then they usually want to tell you all about it. Somehow, they feel much better after you have kissed, blessed or prayed for the "owie". As an adult, we have almost lost the art of empathy when it comes to children. We want to push them on, get them moving, correct them and control them.

I think one of the most important things we can do is to treat children as if they are a part of a well-cared for garden. I pull weeds in my garden and get rid of the caterpillars that are stripping the leaves and leaving devastation. But I carefully prune and cultivate and water the good plants. If I let them just grow like they wish, I create a jungle of competing vegetables. In time they crowd each other out or become stunted or cause stunting.

So, the lesson in this is to look at each child as different and beautiful, with different fruit and gifting. Encourage and help them shun harmful characteristics. What if we helped children to love what blesses others and to learn to
beware of things that pull down and destroy character? We could make a difference! Pay attention to the little ones.

-Chuck Stilwell 

"We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body." Ralph Waldo Emerson


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