A few years ago I was in the car with my grandson, who was five years old at the time. He was always very thoughtful and spent lots of time talking about all the important things in his life like fast cars, swimming pools, and new toys. But this particular day was different, my five-year-old grandson wanted to talk about marriage. I remember having a constant smile on my face as I listened to him, but then he said something that changed my life.
I was provoking the conversation by asking him questions like what will his wife be like and where will they live. I couldn’t help but let out an “aww” when he told me, of course, they’d live with his parents forever. I then asked him if he would like to have children! Deep in thought, with his hand at the side of his face, he replied “yes!” I then asked him, “How many would you like to have?” Hand at the side of his face again, deep in thought, he replied, “One hundred!” I gasped, “what,” I said. “How will you look after them all?” Once more hand on face again, deep in thought, he said: “One at a time!”
That statement hit me like a ton of bricks! How profound for a five-year-old. He didn’t even know the depth of his statement. “One at a time” has changed the way that I think about everyday life. Every time I feel overwhelmed with my day, I think of his wisdom and it deeply encourages me.
When I’m faced with many problems all at once, I’ve learned to take them on “one at a time.” When my husband is facing hard decisions at work, I remind him to face them “one at a time.”
This has been such a blessing to me all these years and it reminds me that we need to listen to the youth in our lives! (Matthew 21:16).
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