My 7-year-old daughter is truly becoming a little mini me. This could be good and bad, but I am so proud of her and my other children. They love God. They are determined, kind (most of the time), and always dreaming.
The other day while we were watching Curious George on PBS, one of the commercials announced a kids writers contest. As I said, my daughter and I are very much alike. She loves to write, create, and dream up stories. Of course, her little ears perked up the moment the news tickled them. “A writer’s contest? Can I do it. Can I do it, Mom. Please!” she asked.
Immediately, she ran to get my phone so we could look up the rules to the contest and discover the mystery topic. The topic of the contest is an invitation to dream.
PBS wants to know what K-3rd graders wish could happen in their neighborhood.
I love this. I wish I could read every entry!
So, I gave my daughter a piece of paper, a pencil, and told her to dream. “What do you wish could happen in our neighborhood?,” I asked her. She says our neighborhood is boring, so she got very excited about the opportunity to dream up a new more exciting possibility. What she wrote, floored me.
She began her story inspired by Dr. Seuss’ book, If I Ran The Circus. She dreamt of a circus in our streets, balloons floating by every house, and elephants parading. She laughed and smiled as she imagined what it would be like. It was magical in her mind. Her little hands gripped the pencil, writing as fast as she could. I smiled at her and left her alone to dream not knowing how her story would end.
When I walked back in the room just a few minutes later, she was already finished writing and coloring a picture of the world at the bottom of the page. I inquired if I could read it just as she got up out of her chair and bashfully walked over to hand it to me.
I laughed as I read about her circus in front of our house until I came to this sentence– “I would put a Bible reading place in my circus, so everyone could know what joy is and everyone would love God just like I do.”
To my daughter, the best neighborhood is a neighborhood full of people who know God and live in JOY. Wow. I was not expecting that. She could have written about anything. Her story began with a circus, because a circus is fun and exciting, but the more she thought about it, she realized true joy only comes from God. So, we will have a circus where we tell people about Jesus. That sounds good to me, baby girl.
Daily my kids challenge me. My daughter has stirred me to pray for our neighbors. Perhaps, God has given my 7-year-old a vision for our neighborhood that I was too busy to receive?
Finish the sentence, “In my neighborhood…”
What is the story you dream for your neighborhood? Maybe you should ask your children how they would finish the sentence. Don’t underestimate them. Don’t underestimate your ability to disciple them or God’s ability to speak to them. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.” Let’s do what He asked and see what dreams they begin to dream, the visions they begin to see, the promises they begin to hear, and the destinies they begin to live. God has a big plan for this generation.I believe entire neighborhoods will be transformed when the young ones are released to dream. Click To Tweet
Blessings to you,
P.S. If you are interested in the writers contest and you live in the Washington D.C. area, the info is here. The deadline for entries is May 1st. This is a great end of the semester homework assignment!!!