Every so often someone will compare their present day troubles to their carefree days of childhood and lament: "Things were so much simpler then." But is childhood so truly simple? If you think about it, many of the concerns of children and adults are similar, perhaps only varying in degrees of magnitude.
For example, adults work to earn money that is applied to home and auto payments. Children mow lawns and sell lemonade to pay for a new bicycle, baseball bat, or model train set. In fact, it wasn't - and still isn't - uncommon for children of terribly impoverished families to take on the financial responsibility for the entire household.
The difference between the seeming simplicity of childhood compared to the difficulties of adulthood is the exuberance and hopeful anticipation of things to come. Most children see the world through innocent eyes* whereas most adults rely on a lifetime of experiences - some of which happen to be disappointments - that gradually replace innocence with a cynicism that often clouds their judgement.
So what can you do if you ever find yourself wishing for a return to the days of your youth? Have faith. Yes, faith in a better way, in a better life. When you approach a new situation, don't rush to judgement. Instead step forward with a belief that you're being presented with an opportunity to grow as a human being.
When you cast off worry and dread, giving these things to God, negative influences will have no power over you, which means that you'll be less likely to make rash decisions that would come back to hurt you later on.
Faith; it's not so much a unique perspective on life, just a different one than you might be accustomed to.
*innocence is the absence of knowledge and judgement*
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