Please stay forever. Please let me meet Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Will you let me into the North Pole?"
Our Elf on the Shelf's name is Frosty. I have two kids. One who is on the verge of not believing and one who is trying to convince the other that Santa is real. Our youngest wrote this above question in a letter tonight.
We have watched the movie "Miracle on 34th Street." One of my favorite lines is..."If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything on faith, then you're doomed for a life dominated by doubt."
That line really stuck out to me. Why are adults dominated by doubt? Where does the point from childhood from adulthood happen? Why do we all of the sudden doubt?
I have to say, it really makes me think. Every human being has the right to wonder, doubt, dream, create....but where is the line between pure innocence and wonder? Let me explain. Sadly, I think I was one who always wondered...my oldest thinks this way. But...my youngest just seems to know. Why is faith such a complicated thing?
A person who would play devil's advocate would say..."well...if you are doubting...it cannot possibly be real." I would have to rebuke that statement. If I did not have my faith...I honestly do not know what I would hold onto.
So...I am going to preach to the choir here....Why do we doubt? Why do we as adults wonder how we can make our child's life better? Why do we constantly try to figure out what we can do to make our lives better? Why are we always looking for the next best thing? After realizing the truth why do we still tell them lies?......
When did we stop believing? What age were you when you realized that it was impossible for a man with a white beard to travel the world in one night?
Why? We miss it. Why? We want to savor childhood. Why? We want them to have the memories we once had. Why? We remember the scents, the laughs, the moments, and the smiles we all shared.
Its okay. It is okay. I honestly think it is okay for kids to be kids. It is okay for our kids to know that dreams and imagination exist. Dreams can become reality. I am not saying that my kids will make Santa real, but I hope and pray that my kids will realize one day how blessed we are and they will show love, show devotion to others that will have a spark to less fortunate, and know that the man behind the "red suit" can be them.
YOU as a mom or a dad have a HUGE responsibility...again...talking to myself...help me! Help me show my kids that we are blessed. We are grateful and need to give back to others who are less fortunate.
If you are doubting tonight....know this...Santa is real.. He can be real in YOU. Give a smile. Give a meal, give...just give, and let your little ones see it. YOU, YOU are the example to them, not just at Christmas time, year round. Help them. Help their lives not be dominated by doubt.
My Repurpose for Today : Live a life not being dominated by doubt...even if it is...remember childlike faith.
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