Two-year olds have a way of making everything simple.

Lessons from a child
Lesson from @MattMcWilliams2’s two-year old daughter: Life is this simple. To be blessed so that we can be a blessing (Tweet That)

As I was holding our daughter, Aracelli, in my arms to bless her for the night, we had the following conversation. She was not yet thirty months old at the time.

Aracelli: Some people sleep in the streets and that makes me sad.
Me: Why does that make you sad?
Aracelli: Because they don’t have homes. We can make a lot of money to buy them homes. We need to help them.

And I realized that life really is that simple.

To help others.

To use our gifts and make money doing so.

To be blessed so that we can be a blessing.

The world has so many problems. We, individually, have so many problems. It can be incredibly overwhelming.

But I’m convinced that true happiness…true contentment…true purpose…lies in the wisdom of a little girl with a big heart.

What simple lessons have you learned from children? 

12 thoughts on “It Really is This Simple | Lessons from a Child on Money & Serving

  1. Let's Grow Leaders says:

    Awesome. Continue to nurture her growing spirit. Namaste.

  2. brentmkelly says:

    Matt, as a father of four, I can easily attest that I have learned much wisdom from my small children. They focus on what matters, and obvious solutions that adults often ale too complicated. I know they teach me as much as I try to teach them. Thanks.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      So true. I see now why the Bible refers to children as a blessing…if we let them, they make us better.

  3. Zech Newman says:

    My 3 kids have taught me so much. They see the world the way we all should see it. The lesson that has been the hardest is when they are in repeater mode and I hear how I sound with my tone. Im an intense person. It can be very eye opening.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      “They see the world the way we all should see it. ”

      I actually read that wrong at first and got this:

      “They see the world the way it should be.”

      I wonder if that might be true?

      1. Zech Newman says:

        I think so Matt.

  4. Lily Kreitinger says:

    I love those precious moments. I truly believe that children are so open and close to God’s heart that they see things we have chosen to ignore. Aracelli is a blessing and she is also blessed with awesome parents who know they can change the world together.

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Beautifully written Lily…and thank you.

  5. Mark Sieverkropp says:

    My daughter makes friends so much easier than I do. And she certainly forgives faster than I do. THose are some of the biggest lessons she is try to teach me (I don’t think I’ve completely learned them yet!)

    Thanks for sharing Matt!

  6. Jon Stolpe says:

    My kids have taught me a lot about generosity. They are both so generous.

  7. Tami Fenton says:

    When my son Blake was two, we took him to a park to feed ducks. There was a little girl about his age. He walked over to her and held her hand. Just like that, they were friends. No words, just a sweet act of kindness. I think back to that day, and wonder why I often hesitate to show that brand of kindness. I think sometimes we’re we’ll be rejected. But sharing kindness can change the world. He’s 19 now, and he’s still the kindest person I know. He smiles at everyone! He continually teaches me how to show kindness to others

    1. Matt McWilliams says:

      Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing Tami!

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