Pure Innocence


Over the weekend Nadine’s son and daughter in law came into town for a few day visit with our grandson Greyson.  Our house, infiltrated with empty nest syndrome once again was filled with sounds of life and hunger and tiredness.  The first full day of interaction we decided to go and eat at the Herb Box in downtown Scottsdale and than meander over to the railroad park to catch a couple of rides.

He liked the train but the merry-go-round was his favorite.  After getting off, he kept wanting to go to the fence and see whether Grandma Cookie would let him ride again.

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We started meandering over to the ice cream stand when Greyson noticed a little boy about his age.  He immediately went over to him and began to play with the little boy.  Greyson is around 18 months and little Seth was about 1.

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They instantly had a connection with one another.  They were buds.  No pretense.  No judgments.  Pure innocence.  They were enjoying one another’s company.

As I reflected on the connection that they had with one another and compared it to what I heard on the Academy Awards ceremony, how different would our world be if we treated one another like these two boys did when they met in the park.  God truly wanted that perspective to be evident among His people when He through the pen of Paul in Galatians said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female, for all are one in Christ Jesus” Gal. 3:28  He was saying that no race is superior to another race (Jew or Greek) in God’s kingdom.  What a man does not determine his value (slave or free). Men and women are equal and have equal value.

Our experiences throughout life with various kinds of people begin to mark our perspectives of them and our judgments begin to be formed.  If we could only see life and relationships through the eyes of a child.  We can see life through the eyes of the Creator of life if we only look to Him for giving us this new perspective.

On this journey sometimes the little children that come into our lives are in fact the teachers of what true relationships should be and become.

 

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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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