New Year’s Restorations … January 1, 2013

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Unless you become like little children, you will find it difficult to discover God.

I’ve heard that before. It sounds like one of those old adages. Do I believe it? Absolutely not. I want to be considered a “grown-up.” I want maturity brought up in any description of my character.

But I do have to stop on this New Year’s Day and ask myself what good things maturity has given me. The dearth of positive answers causes me to return to that notion of becoming like a little child.

Maybe the whole key to the passage of human life is to take the first twenty years and learn how everything works, the next twenty years to figure out what you can do to make a living and prosper within that system and all the rest of your life to go back to living like a little child–with your profits. What a great idea.

So how do I do that?

I decided to deal with the top six things that haunt us with this specter of “adultism.” Whenever these subjects are brought up, we clear our throats, deepen our voices and begin with some sort of preliminary speech about “such things are not easy to discuss…”

The six subjects are:  God, violence, sex, work, money and politics. Not in any particular order.

I realized last night that I’ve been force-fed old thinking on each one of these issues. Some of the thoughts are just “safe.” Some of the ideas have been tried, tested and have failed but are still kept around because…I don’t know. Maybe we already bought the promotional material for them. But even though I have no intention of making resolutions, I do plan to spend the next 365-day jaunt attempting to make restorations.  Yes–to restore a child-like vision on each of these six “monsters under my bed” without becoming childish.

Would you mind coming along for six days? I will handle each one of them, offering my limited insight and humble opinion. Because if there is any truth to the statement that we need to “become as little children to find God,” most of us are certainly driving off in the wrong direction. So let me pick for tomorrow.

Let me see …what is my new child-like approach to violence?

Of course, the supreme example of this is Jesus, who was given a cross–and since he was, then he turned it into salvation.

Layovers–you can either take the time to look at your watch … or use the time to watch and look.

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