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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 13, 2011 - Childlike Faith, Childlike Joy

By Geff Mastro

I was in line at the inspection station recently and marveling at what a wonderful day it was. It was early spring so the sun was shining down its warmth, but the air was crisp and had just the right amount of coolness to it. I felt relaxed as I sat there smiling, praying and thanking God for this day.

As I did, my mind flashed back to the more carefree days of my youth when all I did was ride my bike, swim and play baseball. Back then I had no concept of time or what it meant, aside from my mother’s call in the early evening, which signaled my father’s impending arrival and our dinner time. What freedom I had!

 Now I am always aware of time; I always feel rushed. In fact, I always have worries in general. So as I sit here and ponder these things, I have to wonder WHY? Why was life so carefree and easy as a child and now it feels so confining and pressured? Why do I spend so much time worrying about tomorrow when Jesus clearly taught: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34, NIV).

 I think a lot of the stress we impose upon ourselves has to do with our mindset. When Jesus urged us to become like little children (Matthew 18:3), I think He was talking about more than just childlike faith. I think He was also talking more generally about that free-spirited, unrestricted, “focus on the moment” mindset that a child with no worries has: That “Mary versus Martha” mentality that is not afraid to just sit at Jesus’ feet and enjoy what He has created; that total freedom to enjoy life’s simple pleasures like a sunny spring afternoon and not get caught up in the grind of what we have to accomplish that in the end doesn’t usually amount to anything anyway.

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.

 

 

 

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