When I visited Lockhart I found my way into a toy and candy store called Flash. I went in to buy the only toy instrument they sold, the Jingle Stick. It is a small, colorful, plastic wand with jingle bells on every side. It is a toy but the sound it makes is seriously great. Then I realized, all instruments are just professional toys. If you are not in some way a kid your playing will not amount to much.
That old expression, “he’s just a kid at heart,” has very real significance. I think there may be a part in all of us that is still a kid, but most people bury or try and destroy that sacred part of themselves. And society would tell you, it’s time to “adult,” “be responsible,” “get with it.” So people are lead to believe this part of themselves is wrong. Even I fell for the “time to be mature” trap. Worst mistake of my life. The more you stay a child the more life you will have, in everything.
And when it comes to playing music, it is just that, play. The more imaginative and creative the better. And you know who are the most imaginative and creative people on earth? Our children. Us, if we hold onto our inner-child. And there is one more important reason to maintain our childlike sensibilities…
‘He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’
Being like a child is literally the greatest thing you can do. How cool.
Maybe human behavior can be broken into two broad categories. Childlike and childish. To be childlike is heavenly, to be childish is the greedy devil’s playground. Even all adult behavior could be placed into one of these two genres. Childlike is innocence, trust, curiosity, love, vulnerability, dependence. Childish is jealousy, bullying, lying, gossiping, selfishness. No wonder he is called Father, even when grown we are all still essentially children.
Glory, glory on high! ‘He makes all things beautiful in His time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.’