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As Atlanta enjoys the warm and lazy days of summer, it is not uncommon to see grandparents enjoying their grandchildren. My husband and myself, “Papa” and “Nana,” as we are known are among the privileged, and joyfully so. The sunny days afford time at the pool, outside play, and the enjoyment of the beautiful landscape surrounding the metro Atlanta area.
Lately the metro area has been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies. Movie producers bring big stars come to the Atlanta area to film upcoming movies. In fact, last year the movie, Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman, was shot in my old neighborhood.
As I enjoy precious moments, I can’t help but receive education from the profound, but simple wisdom that emanates from the eyes, ears, and mouths of these little ones. I am reminded too, of how Jesus explained that we must become as little children. Time or space would not allow me to give all the many examples of how our grandbabies have inspired us.
“At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, ‘Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4 (KJV)
Most children enjoy and appreciate the wonder of life all around them. They fill the moments of the day with joy, dance, play, and laughter. When disagreements come, as they often do, they are quick to resolve and move on. Sometimes apologies are not even needed before relationships are restored. Grudges do not complicate their little worlds. They don’t need to be convinced that God is out there, they just accept that He is and that He loves them. More often than not, they are brutally honest, though not for malicious reasons. These little tykes don’t waste time worrying about things they have no control over, but rather believe they will be taken care of. Their prayers are sincere and loving in nature. If they learn of a need, they are quick to try to help. I often say, “I want to be like my grandchildren when I grow up,” and “I want to be the person, they believe me to be.”
The purest form of love is demonstrated in the way in which a child loves others. As I read the following verses, I can’t help but see the description of our grandchildren. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” I Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)
“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” Romans 12:9-10 (KJV)

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