IS IT POSSIBLE WE HAVE MADE LIFE TOO COMPLICATED? Robert Fulghum thought so and he expressed it in the form of this writing from his pen, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten. “Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sandpile at Sunday School.” Think about that for a moment and remember this verse, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,” (Matthew 7:12 NIV). Children in Sunday School learn this verse early and are taught to practice it in all their life. It is too bad so many forget and it is sad so many don’t attend Sunday School anymore. And it is sad so many churches don’t have Sunday School anymore. And then remember Jesus taught this verse to adults. Too bad so many have forgotten it.
Mr. Fulghum continues, “These are the things I learned: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some. And draw and paint and sing and dance. And play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder.” The older I get the more I appreciate Kindergarten and want to apply the simple concepts mentioned by Mr. Fulghum. Are those concepts still being taught in Kindergarten? I hope so because I do think adults have made life way too complicated. God does have the answers to the life we have made so complicated in this world for ourselves and for others. For sure we need to continue the Kindergarten principles mentioned above but we also need to read the rest of the principles concerning our life and relationships with others found in God’s Word the Bible. It might help us all to recover the childlike joy of Kindergarten.