Young at Heart

All of us used to be a kid before. We started out as being born in this world, crawling, and then learning to walk, and then run, and while growing up, we can't wait to have to make decisions for ourselves. We wanted to grow up so fast so badly that we missed to enjoy the moment. I am afraid that I am guilty for that.

When I was a child, and could not get to do what I want, subconsciously, I keep praying to grow up faster and to be able to stand on my own feet and do everything by myself. I wanted to be able to earn money and use them to whatever I want to buy. I wanted to be able to pay for my own house and live on my own. I wanted to think logically and decide for my life on my own. But now that we are older, we realized that being a child is better than being an adult. Because now, we have to take our life seriously and excuses are not always accepted whenever we did something wrong. Because now that we are all grown up, we have to be responsible for our actions, now that we know which is right from wrong. Being an adult carries with it a lot of responsibilities that children do not understand. And so I think most of us would want to be back to being in that state. And when I tried to look back, I knew that my life was not that bad after all.

I thank God because when I was younger, we did not have those gadgets that kids these days only know. I enjoyed my childhood a lot because we played all sorts of games available to us. We used to play hide and seek. We played Legos, pogs, and text cards with our brother. We rode the bicycle (only me and my brother because my sister was either too small for that, or she did not know how). We played with our cooking play sets and did some teacher-student acting with our stuffed dolls. We each had a thick coloring book (I remeber I had The Muppets) which I enjoyed tracing on and choosing which among my crayons would suit best for each of them – even though that some of our crayons got broken and labels lost which were kept neatly in one of the previously plastic casing for some Chinese cookies. Me and my sister also played with Barbie dolls, and Polly Pockets. We even had mind boggling games such as Scrabble, Boggle, Monopoly, Chinese Checkers, and Master Mind. Oh! And I almost forgot. We also watched tons of cartoons - Voltes V, Mazinger Z, Power Rangers, Daimos, Tom and Jerry, Akazukin Cha Cha, Fushigi Yuugi, Ghost Fighter, Flame of Recca, etc., the list is endless. Oh how I miss watching those kinds of cartoons and animes. Back then, I didn't realize how lucky we were for the things that we were blessed.

All these childhood memories will never be forgotten. Thanks be to God for allowing us to have fruitful childhood. Through these games, we learned lots of things. From being creative to being patient to being giving to one another. Lots of things are learned when we interact with one another.

We may not feel as blessed as the kids these days for having iPads or iPhones before, but our journey to adulthood certainly is priceless. If I will be given a choice, if I may repeat my childhood again, I would choose the same path that God has given us. And that is to play with real tangible toys and not gadgets.

James 1:17 – "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. "

All of these gifts and blessings are from God. God blessed our parents to be able to bless us too. I thank God for giving us more than what we deserve. That even if we fail Him most of the time, He will forever be there to show us that what we need to do is repent and not make the same mistake. And if ever we will, God will always teach us the right way, truth and the light. He will always be glad to help us get up again, and to pray to Him and seek Him. Because only then, will we be able to enter the kingdom of God. 🙂

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