“I have endured, I have been broken, I have known hardships, I have lost myself. But here I stand, still moving forward, growing stronger each day. I will never forget the harsh lessons in my life. They made me stronger.”

That snippet could be said by most people to some extent or other. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed the harsh lessons I’ve had, but they have all taught me something. Most things I’ve learned I’ve used to better myself, or to help someone else, so the lesson isn’t a total loss.

One of the lessons that serves me well is learning to live simply. That isn’t an easy task and somedays learning to live simply tries the soul. I have advised people when Satan begins to throw snags, “Pray that the solution will be cheap and easy to fix, and there will be an end to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”.

I have been reading and becoming acquainted with a new addition to our family. I’ll call him ‘Happy’. Happy is a little person, but he’s very wise. He tells his other Mimi, he doesn’t want to grow up because growing up isn’t for him.

His other Mimi prays that Happy’s heart won’t be broken when he finds out how ugly life and other people can be. That’s a tough job for any parent or in this case grandparent. Our hearts are broken as we see our loved ones, our children, and grandchildren, struggle in this world of woe.

We want to prepare them and sometimes we kind of do. None of us know exactly how to prepare them and what to prepare them for. The greatest preparation is for them to come to the Savior. Only He can carry them through not just the hard times, but the good times as well.

And what do you say to a little man who realizes growing up isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? Most children dream of the day they ‘can do what they want’, not realizing that the grown-up world is much more demanding and far less free than childhood.

Perhaps the main thing is to assure this little person he has time. At four years old he can relax, learn to live, and love those who love him. Learn and wonder at the beautiful world God made for us.

There will be time for him to know how ugly his fellow travelers can be. I’m thankful for the good people I encounter and for the others that aren’t so good, my prayer is that they will come to repentance and salvation. Or that the Lord will remove them. And I know that ‘except for the grace of God, there go I’. Praise God, I’ve been redeemed.

“Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book? When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”
(Psalms 56:8-9 KJV)