By Jerry Correa
The carefree simplicity of children has a way of speaking to us. Their young lives serve as reminders about our need to have childlike faith, trusting in God so that we can be fully present to enjoy each other.
When I saw our class of 2017 preschool students singing without any inhibition at their graduation ceremony at the end of last month, I realized that we can learn a lot from our preschoolers. There is a big world ahead of them, full of opportunities and challenges. They will make mistakes along the way, but they will also learn and grow from their mistakes.
Adults are not much different from children. At St. Francis Healthcare System, we have a big world ahead of us, too. We are preparing to launch new programs and services. There is a lot to do. We have great opportunities ahead of us, and we know there will be challenges as well. Children remind us to return to our core value of simplicity.
1 John 3:1 states: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” God sees us as His children, but we lose sight of this when we let our fears, anxiety and shortcomings overtake us. We may feel relinquishing control is a sign of weakness, but it is a strength. Preschool children gently pull us back to the way we should be. They are anchors, reminding us to be free from worry so that we can serve with open hearts and minds open to fresh, new ways of thinking that come from our Father. The Creator created our world out of nothing, and His creativity is in our DNA.
We can truly be like children no matter what our age, and watch with anticipation the awesomeness of God in action!