“Joy to the world, the Lord has come!” Little voices rang out in the sanctuary. As I watched my 4-year old cousin, Molly’s Christmas performance, I smiled. The 3, 4, and 5 year olds were so sweet, so innocent. They sang as loudly as they could, not caring whether or not they were on key. Later in the evening, they got to use hand bells. They shook those bells like there was no tomorrow! Molly shook hers so hard that she dropped it! Thankfully it didn’t hit anyone! Despite their enthusiasm, I even caught a few kids yawning.
Later that night, as I lay in my bed, I considered their performance. I would never have dreamed that I could learn so much from a thirty minute program. I was stressed out about my own drama performance the next night. We were doing an updated rendition of the Christmas story. I didn’t know what we were missing, but I knew that we needed something more. As I lay there, I realized that I could apply much of what I had just witnessed to my own life.
God simply desires a child-like joy from me. Watching those children, I witnessed true joy. They sang “Happy Birthday, Jesus! I’m so glad You’re with us!” with such gusto that I wondered at the stoicism of adults during this holiday season. How can you possibly be serious when this is the time of year that we celebrate Jesus coming to be with us?
The little boy Molly was standing next to was normally very shy and withdrawn, but the entire performance he danced! He rocked all night! God desires that kind of shunning of other’s opinions from me! He doesn’t want me to care about what others think. I should only worry about what God thinks.
Sometimes my life gets out of tune, the same way that the kids sang of key on occasion. Sometimes I drop my responsibilities in the same way that Molly dropped her bell. Sometimes I forget my Christian example just as the kids sometimes forgot the words to the songs. Sometimes I get tired of doing God’s will and I start to yawn spiritually. Sometimes I let my life get the best of me and stop focusing on God. But no matter what, God takes me back under His wing. He desires for me just to have that child-like awe and wonder of Him that inspires others. I will always be His child! As Christ says, “Let the little children come unto Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14, NKJV) And no matter what, God wants me to keep on rocking for Him!