Mark 10:13-16; Psalm 150
The Rev. Tom Herbek
June 19, 2016
Jesus says we must become as a child, though I really like some recent translations of these verses that say the meaning is really that we must look at life with the fresh, wonder-filled eyes of a child. As we grow up, we must not grow old in the way we look at life, because God is still speaking and there are new vistas of faith for us to explore. Whether we are dads or grads, family of a young boy being baptized, singers or listeners, 18 years old or 98 years old, we all must make sure that we do not lose the wonder-filled, laughter-inspiring, eagerness of a child as we live life.
Toward that end, I would share with you a few remarks from the gospel according to Dr. Seuss, some of my favorites from a new book called Seussisms:
I – Try New Things:
I do not like green eggs and ham!
I do not like them, Sam – I –am.
You do not like them. So you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may.
Try them and you may, I say.
2 – Don’t forget to expand your horizons:
The more that you read,
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you’ll go.
3 – Don’t expect someone else to fix our world:
UNLESS someone like you
cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better,
4 – Sometimes you have to just improvise:
“All I need is a reindeer…”
The Grinch looked around.
But, since reindeer are scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch…?
No! The Grinch simply said,
“If I can’t find a reindeer, I’ll make one instead!”
So he called his dog, Max. Then he took some red thread
And he tied a big horn on the top of his head.
And for the dads and the grads, and all of us here,
5 – Find ways to age gracefully:
You’re in pretty good shape
for the shape you are in!
6 – No matter how successful we become, let’s remember:
I know, up on top
you are seeing great sights,
But down at the bottom
we, too, should have rights.
7 – Whenever we feel like we just aren’t able to do as much as some of the people around us, let us never underestimate the power of one:
A person’s a person, no matter how small.
8 – Remember the power of music to lift our spirits:
The Chief Yookeroo had sent them to meet me
along with the Right-Side-Up Song Girls to greet me.
“Oh, be faithful!
Believe in thy butter!”
And they lifted my spirits right out of the gutter!
9 – Celebrate who you are:
Come on! Open your mouth and sound off at the sky!
Shout loud at the top of your voice, “I AM I!
I am I!
And I may not know why
But I know that I like it.
Three cheers! I AM I!”
10 – Remember you always have choices:
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself,
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.
Thanks to Dr. Seuss and all who help us to see with the eyes of a child,
may we all, dads and grads, and family members, and singers and listeners,
18-years-olds and 98-year- olds- everyone here today-
may we all continue to experience our life and our world with the wonder of a child,
seeing life with the eyes of a child, and- in that way-
becoming more each day of the person we have been created to be!