Eyes Wide Open

By Linda Klischies Niebling

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"Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3, The Voice). 

It’s sad how as adults we have lost the awe and wonder of the simple things in life. Several years ago, during the Christmas season, I saw a little girl pick up a Christmas gift bag from under our office tree, hold it up to her ear and shake it, desperately trying to see through the decorated paper bag, a look of curiosity and anticipation on her little face. It struck me how, as we grow up, we lose the ability to be surprised, to become excited over something small.

It’s no wonder Christ said we must become “as little children.” Children take on their world with eyes wide open, arms flung out, blissfully headlong into each moment of each day. They wake up and hit the ground running. God wants us to have that zest and zeal for life, the joy of anticipating a new day, a new adventure.

This Christmas, we should remember that every day of our life is a gift--a gift from God! And we should “unwrap” each one of them with the delight and appreciation of a little child!