By Cynthia (Walker) Burton

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child. I understood as a child. I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (1 Corinthians 13:11 KJV). I was reflecting on this verse recently, especially the part about putting away childish things.

Youth is fleeting. Seemingly in the blink of an eye, we leave behind our childhood toys, wild imaginations, endless summers, and carefree days. We stop believing in magic, the Tooth Fairy and other fanciful characters, and we stop seeing the world through the eyes of a child because alas, we have grown up! And started acting our age.

I think life would be just a little better if we brought out some of our childish things. If we viewed the world with the innocent eyes of a child. Remember coloring books, climbing trees, board games, hula hoops, Silly Putty, Play-Doh, yo-yos, flying kites, marbles, playing at the park, blowing bubbles, comic books, and riding bikes for hours? Why can’t we visit yesteryear once more?

I suggest unplugging occasionally and instead plugging in to the things that provided us joy as children. There’s no time like the present to make time for simple pleasures. Instead of relying on electronic devices for entertainment, I dare you to break out the crayons for a coloring contest, create Play-Doh figures, or blow some iridescent bubbles. Bike to your heart’s delight or feel the gentle tug of an airborne kite. Play a board game or revive your yo-yo tricks. Flaunt your skill at a favorite card game or go to the playground.

Rekindling uncomplicated, less ornamented and inexpensive joys of childhood is a surefire way to brighten your day and lighten your load. Get out those childish things, view God’s handiwork with eyes afresh. Resurrect childhood happiness and pleasure. And please pass me the crayons, won’t you?