Inspiration Corner: Have You Lost Your Childlike Wonder?


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Have You Lost Your Childlike Wonder?

When God Reminds You to Have Joy in the Little Things

by J.M. Troppello


I went outside to water the garden. I brought the trash and recycling and put them in the bins in the driveway near the garage. As I closed the lid, I saw my niece, Ari come across from her porch next door into the driveway. She said in surprise, “Hi. You’re here outside. How are you?”


I chuckled and walked over to give her a hug. It was cute that she was surprised to see me outside, especially since we’re next-door neighbors. She knows that I go outside in the afternoon to water our shared garden and take out the trash and recycling.


However, I could see the excitement written all over her face. She seemed like she wanted to share some good news.


I saw that she had her gymnastics leotard on and some shorts and dance sneakers. I asked if she was headed with her mom and sister to gymnastics class.


She brimmed with excitement and said, “No. It’s not my day to go to gymnastics today. It’s Bri’s day.” She did a pirouette and asked, “Do you know where I’m going today?”


I shook my head. “No, I don’t. Where are you going?”


She jumped up and down. “I’m going with Liv to her dance class. I’m taking ballet again.” She proceeded to dance around some more.


I told her that I was happy for her and hoped she had fun. Her friend’s mom drove her SUV into the driveway and Ari hurried over to meet her friend by the front porch. I waved as they drove away.


A Childlike Wonder


As I took out the hose from the garage to water the garden, I thought about how happy Ari was about going to the dance class. She’d brimmed with excitement and couldn’t wait to share the good news with someone.


I’d happened to be outside at that moment while she waited on her porch for her friend to arrive. It was special for me to share in that excitement with her as she told me all about the class and how much fun she was going to have.


Life can be difficult. Yet, it can also be spectacular.

Then there are those in between days when nothing amazing happens. However, in those days, I think it’s important to remember how blessed you are simply to be alive.


This short encounter with my niece today reminder me to embrace every moment in life—the good, the bad, and the ugly.


It’s important to cultivate that childlike wonder in your life. Become more aware of all the special things around you.

Enjoy the sun setting.


If you’re an early riser, watch the sun rise.


Find joy in the relationships in your life with your spouse, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and others that God has brought into your life.


Always focus on finding the silver linings in life. That’s easy for me to do since I’m a glass half-full kind of person. My husband is a realist and a glass half-empty type of person.


The takeaway


“It’s funny how, when things seem the darkest, moments of beauty present themselves in the most unexpected places.” – Karen Marie Moning, Dreamfever

I love this quote from Karen Marie Moning. I agree with her sentiments. I have found it to be true in my own life as well. When I’ve least expected it, God always brought a ray of sunshine into my life.


There is beauty all around you in this world. You just need to pay attention to find it.

About the Author


J.M. Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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