Sometimes the best parts of life are found in the small things. At the ripe age of between 36 and 48 months old, my three-year-olds don’t really understand a whole lot beyond the small things. The small things are their specialty. This being the case, they are often the best little reminders that we might need to refocus.
Need a spiritual self-check? Ask a three-year-old for a prayer request.
What can I possibly gain in my spiritual life from a group of children you might ask? Well that, my dear reader, is what you soon shall learn.
The following are my top five prayer requests Kathryn and I have gotten from our class when we sit in our circle to pray after the Bible story:
1- The Wiggles (by 3 kids)
2- lions (and a variety of other animals)
3- fishing with grandpa and dad, and the worms and the bass and the trout and stuffs
4- all of everybody
5- “God loves us”
At first glance, these things seem silly and immature, but I think they share valuable lessons.
1- Everyone needs Jesus, even The Wiggles
2- God’s creation is wonderful and worth being thankful for
3- Our lives are filled with people and experiences that we often take for granted. Like fishing with your grandpa and catching your own worms. I would kill to be able to do that again. (After this request, Kathryn was chastised mid-prayer for forgetting “the bass.” You can’t forget that, can you?)
4- All too often we focus on ourselves. If these little children can think to pray for “all of everybody,” we have zero reason to get wrapped up in ourselves.
5- Never forget to thank God for loving us. (Little Mara always says, without fail, “and, and that God loves us. It’s true.” Such a simple yet beautiful thing to pray about.
Sometimes we just need to step back to the bare minimum and see that everything we have is a blessing. It’s challenging, I know, but maybe we need to take ourselves back to the days when everything we saw in the world was breathtaking and exciting. Maybe we should all be three for one more day.