Through a Child’s Eye


Over the past holidays, Victoria and her family came to visit.  During the time they were here, we all decided to go to the Phoenix Children’s Museum.  We loaded up the SUV after the afternoon nap with snacks, plenty of diapers, change of clothes, blanket, baby wipes, safety pins, aspirin, a stroller, two car seats, and the kitchen sink.  I have forgotten how much needs to come with a 4 year old and a 10 month old.  Off we went for an afternoon of kid play.

We pulled into a parking lot of an old three-story school-house and unpacked the car with all the necessary equipment for a 2 hour expedition to wonderland.  The first contraption is pictured below with wonderful nooks and crannies to crawl and climb in, complete with a flying bath tub.

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It was complete with a car (bike) wash that I had to take my 10 month grandson through two times.  What fun for kids to experience life from their point of view.

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What to me was the most interesting though was when Brayden came across some PVC pipe that had air being pumped thru the pipes.  You could put a ping-pong ball in the air stream and the ball would become suspended in mid-air.  Look at the eyes of amazement at what was taking place.  I quit looking at the ball and focused my attention on what he was seeing.  It caused me to see the experience in a whole different way.

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Isn’t that what Jesus said, when he talked about children by saying, “Unless you change and  become like a little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)  Children look at God’s creation and just wonder in amazement.  They don’t come with skepticism or negativity.  They don’t question what they are seeing.  They just accept and appreciate what they are seeing.  Unfortunately the world and those around begin to put spins on life and cause us to see life from a distorted perspective.

On this journey, when you find yourself around little children, take some time to recalibrate your perspective by seeking to see life and the Lord through a child’s eyes.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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