Wisdom from Children’s Books

I was on Facebook this morning and ran across an interesting article called “20 Quotes From Children’s Books Every Adult Should Know” from encurious.com. I enjoyed reading as a child, and I read to my children, so I was interested in the concept and I looked to see which quotes were chosen.

“Promise Me you’ll remember you are Braver than you believe; Stronger than you seem, Smarter than you think.” ~ A.A. Milne

The next was, “A person’s a person No matter how small” ~ Dr. Seuss. I have found a lot of wisdom through the years from Dr. Seuss.

The next quote was, “No act of kindness, No matter how small is ever wasted” ~ Aesop

My mind wandered from the article to think of the scripture from Matthew 25:40 NIV that went along with this quote. “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” As I looked back to the first two quotes, I thought about what scripture would go with each of these quotes. The quote from Winnie to Pooh brought me to Luke 2:52 KJV “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and Man.” Then the Dr. Seuss quote took me to Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come unto me and do not hinder them; the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

pexels-photo-206673As I read through the list, my eyes stopped on a quote from The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Braum – “There’s no place like home.”

Home can mean a lot of different things but I consider that Heaven is my home. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you. I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:3 NIV.

The quote chosen from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery was: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

My scripture thought for this quote comes from Romans 10:10 NIV which says, “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with the mouth that you profess faith and are saved.”

The next quote was by Shel Silverstein which said,

“Listen to the Mustn’ts, child –

Listen to the Don’ts.

Listen to the Shouldn’ts,

the impossibles, the won’ts.

Listen to the never Haves,

Then listen close to me….

Anything can happen, Child,

Anything Can Be.”

My thoughts went to one of my favorite verses. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 NAS.

Then came my favorite Mary Poppins quote: “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun, You find the fun and Snap! The job’s a game.” ~ P.L. Travers

This took me straight to Ecclesiastes 9:10a “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”

As I continued to read through the list of quotes from children’s books, I came to another of L. Frank Baum’s quotes but this time is was from “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The quote is: “The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”

My thoughts turned to Jeremiah 1:8 where the scripture says, “ ‘Do not be afraid of them for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.”

When children ask how much they are loved, sometimes the answer is the next quote, “I love you to the Moon and Back.” By Tim Warnes and Amelia Hepworth.

Jeremiah 31:3 tells us “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

poor-2754335_1280Another quote in this list came from Dr. Seuss in “The Lorax.” “Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s Not.”

The Bible tells us in Luke 10:33-37 ESV, “But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.  And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”  He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

I continued to read the article where Piglet asked, “How do you spell love?” Pooh replied, “You don’t spell it, you feel it.” ~ A.A. Milner ~ Winnie the Pooh.

John 15:13 tells us, “Greater love has not man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

The last quote was from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White. “Why did you do all this for me?” He asked. “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing.”

My thoughts went directly to my all time favorite scripture, John 3:16 ESV, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

As you go through your day, look for God’s word to jump out at you. If God can speak to us through quotes from children’s books, He can speak to us anywhere and through anything. Look for God as you go throughout your day. How is God speaking to you today?

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Salvation – A Personal Story

by Tera Ferguson

The LORD and the Church have always been a part of my life. I was born into a Christian home. My parents were very active in church. My daddy was always either Chairman of the Deacons, Sunday School director or on another committee, and my mother was active in working with children. Both of them sang in the choir. Needless to say we were at the church every time the door was open. I even remember walking to church in the snow one Sunday when the car was iced in. Of course, we couldn’t find my gloves so I remember that my daddy kept one of his hands in his pocket and let me wear one of his big, leather gloves. I also remember joining the church and being baptized when I was very young.mormon-baptism1

Later, when I was a teenager, our youth group was preparing for a mission trip. We were using The Four Spiritual Laws booklet as our evangelistic tool. We were assigned to practice at home so we would not need to read the words but be familiar enough to say what was on each page. As I was practicing in my room, I realized that I did not remember ever praying to ask the Lord to forgive me of my sins and be Lord of my life.

This really began to nag at me. Was I a Christian? The scripture talks about “childlike faith” and “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for of such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19:14 ESV). So was I saved? I am sure my parents thought I was and that I understood, but I could not remember.

What did I remember? I remembered going to Sunday School and Training Union (the Sunday night classes) and Girls Auxiliary which was the mission organization for girls in my church. My mother always read me Bible stories. I remember walking down the aisle and sitting on the front row. My mother had filled out my membership card. I remember waiting with another little girl to be baptized and wondering if the water was cold. We decided that I should stick my toe in the water, but I don’t remember if the water was cold or warm.

The question remained, Was I saved? I did not like that I was asking this question. I had been in church all of my life. I was going on mission tour for crying out loud. Was I saved!!!

bklt-fourspiritualWell, there was one thing I knew without a shadow of a doubt and that was how to present The Four Spiritual Laws. That afternoon in my own room I went through The Four Spiritual Laws booklet and prayed to receive Christ. I have always felt that I was the first person that I ever led to the Lord. I was baptized to publicly profess my salvation. Was I saved? Yes! There was then, and is today, no question as to whether I am saved. I know that I know.

Do I believe that a person can lose their salvation? No. I do believe that every person should be able to pinpoint the occasion when they received Christ. Maybe you do not know the time or date but you should remember the circumstances of your salvation. Do you know that you know that Jesus is your Lord and Savior? Do you remember when you prayed to receive Christ? If not, now is the time to take care of business. Every Christian has a salvation story? Do you have a story?

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The Four Spiritual Laws is a booklet by Campus Crusade for Christ – Bill Bright Media Foundation.