Leaf Piles and Laughter

“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” – Mark 10:14-15, NLT

When autumn arrives in the Midwest, the trees are transformed into an amazing array of color, once again reminding us of the majestic handiwork of our God. After a few weeks, though, those beautiful leaves quickly lose their splendor as they fall to the ground.

Yesterday afternoon, my daughters didn’t complain about all the leaves they saw blanketing our front yard. Nor did they sigh in frustration at the thought of having to rake them all up. Instead, they imagined the possibilities those leaves provided instead of the problems they created.

Within minutes, Isabelle and Jocelyn were having the time of their lives. In case you’re wondering, no, I did not join them, but I probably should have. However, I was too worried about messing up my hair or getting my clothes dirty. Silly, I know. But, isn’t that typical of how we adults think?

When children see leaves covering the ground, they don’t dwell on rakes, hard work, and aching muscles. They envision huge leaf piles, hours of fun, and loads of laughter!

I believe that’s exactly why God says we must be like little children to understand spiritual truths. Children find joy in the simplest things. Things that we often miss or forget to celebrate.

So, the next time you have an opportunity to jump into a leaf pile, forget about being an adult for a minute. Join the kids, and laugh. Laugh hard. Play. Enjoy the moment. You won’t regret it.


  1. Amy Acker says:

    You are SOOOO right Kristen! I want to be more like my children! Come over and we’ll mess up our hair together! LOL

  2. Thanks, Amy! 🙂