Calvin and Hobbes street art in SE Portland… pic.twitter.com/11F5GzXI3r
— Mike Vogel (@mikev) September 8, 2014
As a kid, Calvin was free to live in the moment, just him and Hobbes and their fanciful ideas. Why? Because the responsibilities of grown up decisions and duties were taken care of. Grown up Calvin is sad because he can’t just do what he wants to, he has to think and act responsibly. But it’s killing him. I don’t want to be a sad Calvin in a suit. But I can’t go back to being a kid, either. What can I do?
The primary components of living include: thinking through what matters, being responsible with the essential things, and then trying to get on with all the tasks on the “to do” list. Too few of us have adequately been trained how to do this well. But what if it’s not too late? I want to continually strengthen my ways of thinking wisely and being responsible so that I can do things with a fresh excitement.
Ongoing cycles of life lead us to think in ways that feed who we are. As we align our identity with what matters in light of thinking on what is true, we experience the freedom to just “be“. Our rooted identity then frees us to “do” our tasks in ways that are fresh and productive without being driven and anxious. The experiences we gain in living lead us to reflect, and to seek for more wisdom. The cycle continues as we think~be~do in a connected rhythm of growth.
I cannot become a kid again. But I can become like a kid again. I have faith in Jesus who reveals what is true and valuable. I have hope in the Father who is the “I AM” who gives me being and identity. I have the freedom to actively love as I do things by the Spirit who makes life fresh and produces fruit I cannot force.
For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said,
“I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”
Matthew 18:3 The Message