lessons from little feet

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When I get the gift of spending a few minutes with my little friend, Madison, she teaches me things. Here are a few lessons I learned from little feet:

Slow our Steps…

Mads (my nickname for her) and I had to stop by the grocery to pick up a handful of things. Normally, I am running through the store to get to the next stop. In fact, a man told me a few days ago to slow down in the store – there was a speed limit – as I nearly ran him over. Poor guy. Yeah, seems like life has most of us running these days. Well, if you feel like you need to slow down a bit, take a 4-year old with you to the store. I asked Mads if she wanted to ride or walk. She said walk. So we did. Slowly.  At first, I thought about picking her up so we could go faster. Instead, I decided to set my pace with hers. The simple act of slowing my steps allowed by soul to breathe.  I could literally feel an exhale.

This isn’t the first time that God has impressed this lesson on my heart.  And, He is so good to remind me again and again.  And, to stress the point….the very next day I found myself behind Antonio again. The first time in 10 months.  Read about Antonio HERE.

Wide-eyed in Wonder…

Little people are known for their ten thousand questions. One of Mads’ favorite questions is “what’s that?” because she notices every little thing. She isn’t caught up in a to-do list or have a phone stuck in her face. She isn’t rushing around (see paragraph above). She sees the world in wide-eyed wonder. She told me all about studying bugs at preschool. You have to open your eyes wide to see a tiny little bug. But, when you do, you can’t help but notice the intricate detail of God’s creation and its beauty. Keeping my eyes wide open in wonder will allow me to experience the beauty and blessings of this world that I would otherwise miss.

I love that little people can teach us so many things.  Maybe that is why Jesus used little children as an example to us when He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14.

Thanks for the lessons, Mads.

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