If you have ever been around pre-school kids, you know they are full of questions. Their minds are always turning and thinking and they are SO LITERAL! I get the most joy out of chatting with my four year old daughter lately. She is very clever and NOTHING gets past her. A few days ago, we were driving and she said, “Mum, is Australia bigger than the world or is the world bigger than Australia?” I laughed as I tried to give her a geography lesson and I was hit with some deep revelation.
In her mind, Australia is everything. It’s home. It’s school. It’s church. It’s family and friends. Shopping and eating, sleeping and traveling. Her whole universe is what’s right in front of her. It’s hard for her to imagine anything bigger than her “WORLD!”
The sphere we live in is much smaller than the actual Earth, isn’t it? I realized as I explained how big the rest of the world is to my sweet girl that nothing outside of her reality really mattered much. She sort of looked at me with glazed over eyes and moved on to the next topic.
As adults, we are very similar. Oh, we might understand geography and topography. We might know demographics and populations. But our worlds don’t go much beyond what we experience each day either.
Think about it… if you’re like me, your prayers mostly revolve around your own issues and needs. Your schedule revolves around your priorities. Your conversations are always about your life. It takes a conscious effort to actually think about something other than yourself. To remember
THE world is so much bigger than OUR PERSONAL world.
I’m encouraging myself today to think about something other than myself! Let’s all do it and make THE WORLD a better place!
Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. (Psalm 117:1,2)