I found the lightweight mattress folded into a sofa-like shape in the space in between the kids’ beds the other day.
This, according to DD is the lions’ den. It only has friendly lions. So bunny, is perfectly safe. 🙂
Sometimes in the middle of cleaning the rooms, I discover little gems left behind by the children. This Friday series was started with the intention of celebrating the imagination and creativity in a young child’s world…and hoping that it’ll bring a little ray of inspiration and joy to your day, as it does mine.
A generally low mess painting activity…
…up until the son decides it might be more fun to dot his feet…
…and the surrounding floor instead of the artblock sheet…
As parents, very naturally (myself included), we tend to measure the success of our ability to pave a foundation towards a bright future for our children, by a few key performance indicators.
Typically these include, their general behavioural development, the rate at which they achieve their physical milestones in the early years, and their academic achievements in the schooling years.
To be socially adept, in good physical health and possessing the necessary knowledge or skill sets to secure a good livelihood; are qualities viewed in societal norms as logical basic building blocks to an individual’s personal success and ability to stand on their own two feet.
However I was reminded yesterday in Proverbs 1:7-33, that the Bible measures success in a different way.
To attain the goal of leading enriching lives and achieve enduring happiness, we are called to pursue – wisdom. What kind of wisdom? And how does one take hold of it? Breaking down the passage into four chunks…
- Wisdom starts in the heart – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…”
- Wisdom is encouraged in an environment of trust and obedience, in the family unit – “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”
- Wisdom will be tested on the street, let it be proven to be true and strong – “My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. For their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood. These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves. Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.”
- Wisdom preserves the lives of those who seek it – “…whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
As a mother, I am filled with parental pride when the kids receive praise for good behaviour or promising potential in a particular activity or skill. And of course, I feel I have accomplished something good when they eat well, and grow well. 🙂
But I am humbly reminded from this passage, that whilst these are noble and necessary yardsticks to aspire to, the overarching yardstick for DH and myself, and for our children to experience successful, i.e. disciplined, prudent and enriching lives, should be the pursuit and attainment of godly wisdom and a reverence for our God and Creator.
For from this, when they spread their wings and leave the nest eventually, that they will be able to stand, not merely on their own two feet, but on Christ, the solid rock that stands – eternal, unfazed and unchallenged – in the face of all of life’s billows and storms.
A different interpretation? 😉
Last week, when she arranged these on the carpet, DD said they were many M’s. This week when I posted the picture on the blog, she said,”Hey, that’s what I arranged”. And when I asked her what it was again, this was her response…”They are lobstick vegetables! Spinach and canigrass for the horses to eat.”
Aside from loving the fact that something created today can be defined as anything different in a couple of days (or hours…or minutes!), I also love the words that children make up on the spot, to articulate their ideas.
What new words does your child come up with to explain their world? 🙂
Sometimes in the middle of cleaning the rooms, I discover little gems left behind by the children. This is a Friday series I just started, celebrating the imagination and creativity in a young child’s world and hoping that it’ll bring a little ray of inspiration and joy to your day, as it does mine. 🙂
Last Sunday, our nephew visited and in the evening, both he and DD took their tricycles outdoors to cycle. Not to be left behind, the youngest one, DS, asked to be allowed to bring his “car” out to join them. The “car” essentially looks like this.
So picture this manually driven machine pitted against a tricycle’s potential kinetic power…
As the older kids cycled merrily (and relatively, effortlessly) around the driveway, DS pushed his car forward, paddling furiously with his little legs to keep up. Talk about legwork!
He paused midway to catch a breath, and cheered them on as they cycled around the pillar in the driveway. I was sitting on the doorstep watching, and decided to clap along with and for him, to give him some encouragement as well. But he responded, “No Mummy, you don’t clap for me. I’m clapping for Jie Jie and Ko Ko. You clap when I go round [the pillar].”
And then, mustering up a new burst of energy, he swung his car towards the pillar, and setting a determined face to it, began paddling with all his might. He completed that circuit with a big grin of accomplishment. 🙂
I clapped, with a lump in my throat and tears pricking behind my eyes at the purity of the lesson I’d just gained from my innocent two-year old who had no idea why his mother was smiling and blinking at the same time.
I clapped with a deep pride for his positive outlook, and his never-give-up attitude.
I want to be this big-hearted.
I want to be this positive.
Thank you, son.