Friday, August 26, 2011

Lessons in the SAND!!!!

Hello to anyone who has the time to read my WORD for the day....I am not sure how all this works as I have never blogged or kept a journal, or shared anything except on the world of Facebook.  So here we go......Are you ready to take this journey together as we seek to follow Christ, daily!  This will reveal the good, bad and the ugly of struggles, victories, defeats, conquers, battles, wars and all that goes with this journey called LIFE. 

This afternoon there was an awakening or what I like to call a Eureka moment....that time when the light bulb goes off and you realize that you (me) am off course.  I was at the beach with my family the day after Hurricane Irene passed by and left the waters calm and clear as she found them before she passed through with her fury.  Things that were going on were the typical beach throwing, soccer ball kicking, beach ball rolling with the wind down the beach and kids playing in the waves as if they were fearless.  BUT, there was Rocco, my 4 year old.....There he was, rolling around the sand, tasting the sand, flipping in the sand, throwing sand, wiping his face with sand, using sand for a tissue for his nose, diving headfirst into sand and basically he was covered from head to toe....what a mess!  Then it hit me.....he doesn't even know or care that he has sand in every crack, hole, space or anywhere else sand can get..HE DIDN'T CARE! 

Here he was not with a care in the world about anything or without any concern with what a mess he was.  Didn't he know that the sand was in his hair?  Completely? Did he not care that his nose and ears and face were completely covered?  Not to mention the rash he was going to have from running with sand all over.....we all know how that turns out!!  He did not CARE!  He is 4...not 46 (which I am), he doesn't know from experience about the mess of sand and he did not care to know....he was loving every minute of it. 

Then I realized that he has a love for life, a love for everything fun, a love for anything messy, dirty, not orderly, wet, and he loved that SAND!  I don't love sand anymore.  Why?  I have gone through life living with sand, vacuuming sand out of everything, sweeping sand out of houses, cars, washing hair over and over and over again to get every little piece out....I really do not like sand.  I have lost my childlike ability to love things without caring of the all the details of those things.  I have dealt with sand for 46 years, Rocco is 4 and doesn't care about my weird reasons why I don't like it, he loved it.  Then it hit me like a ton of bricks!!!

Jesus said in Matthew 19: 13-15 "Let the little children come to me.."  Come to Him as a child!  We have lost our love for Jesus and for His Word, and His Commands, His Teachings.  We have forgotten how to come to Him as a little child.  Not caring about the life we are living, the experiences we have had, our expertise on everything and anything.  We care to much about "US," we care too much about our agendas and our concerns.....we are not coming as little children anymore.  Life has choked the LOVE of LIFE right out of us.  Rocco didn't care about the sand because he is a child and loves everything about the sand.....I need to learn to love the SAND again as a child.  Rocco showed me a lot without even knowing it.  I have allowed life to choke out my LOVE of LIFE.  Instead of Loving everyday and Loving everything the day brings, I have been going through the motion of Life without realizing it. 

Jesus and Rocco have it right.....Love life and learn to live it with Passion, Enthusiasm, and get dirty and get life all over you and in everything about you and DON'T care about all you "know" about life.....LOVE IT!!

Rocco Loves Sand.....He Loves Life!
I hope I can learn to stop being concerned with what I know and learn to Live like a CHILD....after all, that is all the Jesus requires.  Come to him daily as a child with the wonder of life in your eyes and living to get life all over you.  Get Messy for Jesus!

Thank you Rocco!


  1. Great job Richard! Keep up the great WORDS.

  2. Well said!....welcome to the blogosphere.

    We still have every intention of bringing the Cartwright Clan down to see you guys. #4 is due for us in after that sometime!!

    When you coming to the Burg?